Meet Our Team

We are passionate and driven change-makers who are excited about learning.

Meet the team behind the scenes of the fun filled, inspiring coding and STEM camps and courses :)

Michelle S

Michelle S

Co-founder & CEO

Michelle believes every person should be empowered to use technology to express themselves and bring their ideas to life. She started First Code Academy to provide hands-on learning opportunities in software development in Asia. Michelle held various roles in high growth startups in Silicon Valley, including Buffer, a tool that helps people share smarter on social media and Bump Technologies (acquired by Google in 2013). Previously, she attended the inaugural class of Hackbright Academy, an intensive program in San Francisco on software development. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she graduated from University of Chicago and began her career at Goldman Sachs.

"Every day at First Code I work on a variety of different tasks including product development, teacher training, parent communication, and of course, teaching! I feel incredibly lucky to be able to combine my passion in technology and the endless inspiration from the kids we teach. When I’m not at office, you can likely find me trying out new recipes in my kitchen, reading a book or doing TRX in a park."

Kevon C

Kevon C

Co-founder & COO

Kevon has a mix of business and programming background. Started to build websites at 14-year-old, he always knows that his passion is with technology. After he graduated from Babson College with a major in Entrepreneurship, he worked at a startup and later joined Favorite Medium, a software development house in Singapore, writing code for web and mobile products. He joined Michelle in the early stage of First Code and trusts that coding will open doors for more young people to explore the impossible.

"I love building things from nothing to something. I am now focusing on Operations, People Operations, and Software. The laughter in our classrooms and the confidence in our kids' eyes really got me. First Code is not just a startup or a coding school, it is a mission and a lifestyle. We're creating a place where team members are excited to get together and students are thrilled to come to classes. We're full of dreams, energies, and determination. If I'm not at First Code, you might find me at home coding or reading and running outdoor."

Varian N

Varian N

CIO

Varian started his career in a tech startup founded in HK that was later acquired by a leading European media company group. After six years there, Varian joined a world-class tech-aided translation company, working on localisation, creating mobile apps/games/website that reached users from all corners of the world. A few years later, Varian joined First Code Academy, a world-class STEM and coding school, to continue his belief in the power of technology. By working with First Code Academy, Varian is empowering our next generation to become creators and the next entrepreneurs through technology.

"Coming from a technology background, I believe the technology era has come and it will grow rapidly. Being a father, I believe the best I can provide to my child is to open her up to the technology world. It is amazing how FCA combines the next generation and technology, guiding the kids to become creators with technology. When I am not at work, I enjoy reading. I am a huge book lover."

Natasha N

Natasha N

Operations & Customer Success

Natasha was born in the UK and has experienced life in vibrant cities including Singapore, Melbourne and Shanghai. She graduated from The University of Manchester with a Bachelor’s degree in Business & Management & Chinese and also obtained a Master’s degree in Marketing & Management from Aston University. She held various roles in JW Marriott Hotel, J. Walter Thompson and ABC Pathways School. Natasha is passionate about building a fun community, meeting new people and maintaining excellent relationships.

"First Code’s culture is fun and enjoyable - we're just like family. I love the fact that everyone here is so open and supportive of each other. What really puts a smile on my face is seeing the kids showcase their work. You'd be amazed at what they can accomplish! In my spare time, I’m most likely playing basketball, shopping or chilling out with my family and friends.”

Raycelle G

Raycelle G

Instructor

Before coming to First Code, Raycelle spent over 5 years in the Bay Area where she graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Math and Science Education. After embarking on her career in the Bay Area, she decided to return to Hong Kong and pursue her strong interest in the field of education. First Code Academy presented an ideal opportunity for Raycelle to attain this aspiration. Raycelle believes teaching coding and technology is a great opportunity to inspire young minds.

"Being an instructor at First Code is a fun and rewarding experience. With its amazing team and students, the First Code family is one that supports, encourages and learns from each another. The students bring so much energy and excitement into the classroom, and seeing them apply new and personal ideas to their technological creations, sometimes even beyond the classroom, is truly inspiring. In my free time, I enjoy reading fantasy novels, knitting, solving puzzles and eating chocolate."

Kelvin C

Kelvin C

Instructor

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kelvin obtained his Bachelor's degree in Physics, and Master of Philosophy in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering degree from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Everyone knows that Kelvin is a die-hard enthusiast of STEM and his passion in STEM education motivated Kelvin to join First Code. He believes that STEM education, especially coding, is the biggest driving force in shaping our future.

"Ever since my first encounter with coding in my freshman year in university, I have always been amazed by its power. I have always wondered - “why start coding so late?”, until I got to know First Code. Teaching young people to code? Brilliant idea! I am so jealous of what kids can learn nowadays - it would have been one of my favorite after-school activities! Now here I am - in a young team full of energetic and supportive people. Being in First Code is not about "working" at all - I learn, grow as a person and inspire the future generations. Everything has been so rewarding and enjoyable here. What's the best part? My hobby is now part of my job!"

Jeff H

Jeff H

Instructor

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jeff graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong and obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Interactive Design and Game Development. He have also develop a passion for teaching and mentoring as he have been working as a Taekwondo instructor throughout his time in high school and university. With his skillset and experience, he hopes to inspire students to learn and create using technology.

"Having experienced first hand how technology is able to amaze, inspire, and have an impact on people, I feel privileged to be able to teach the next generation and provide the same experience to them. Seeing the satisfaction in students when they finish their project and the excitement to share and amaze others is very rewarding. Outside of First Code, I will be trying out and learning from the latest games, and spending time with family and friends."

Natasia S

Natasia S

Expansion

First Code Academy provides a great platform where Natasia can combine her experiences working at international apparel companies in Shanghai and in Taipei and her strong belief in the importance STEM education plays in a child’s learning. Born and raised in Taipei, she graduated from Brandeis University where she majored in Business and Psychology.

"Rarely do you get to work alongside a group of positive, talented and motivated individuals all striving towards the same goal. First Code Academy is truly a special place! It’s unbelievable to see what kids as young as 4 years old can create nowadays. During my spare time, I enjoy fitness dancing, reading, and watching shows on Netflix."

Fung Ying L

Fung Ying L

City Operations

Having worked at a variety of companies from MNCs to incubators, startups are where Fung Ying finds her passion at the crossroads of technology and innovation. Her previous roles included coordinating large scale market research projects as a research analyst and running marketing and business development of a home-grown e-commerce platform.

"Now learning coding in my spare time, I believe in the value of coding in teaching young children that the sky is the limit. It's wonderful to see students proudly showcasing their work and staying back after class, excited to be working on more coding projects. Outside of First Code, I'm seeking Singapore's best coffee, binging on Netflix or browsing through new productivity apps and tech news."

Julia C

Julia C

Instructor

While doing her master’s degree in Philosophy, Julia became interested in critical thinking. She wanted to implement this skill in a fun and interactive platform where people are encouraged to think logically and creatively. This brings her to First Code Academy where she engages in teaching and developing courses on coding.  

Prior to joining First Code Academy, Julia has worked at the University of Hong Kong as a Philosophy tutor and a Research Assistant. She also worked at British Council as a Teaching Assistant. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Julia obtained an MA in Philosophy at King’s College London and a BA in English Studies at the University of Hong Kong. 

“Working at First Code Academy has been rewarding. I am motivated by students who are keen to learn and to explore what they can create with different learning tools, both in the lesson and outside the classroom. I am also grateful to have a supportive team which inspires me to be more knowledgeable, professional but nevertheless, empathetic and kind.”

Jungwoo P

Jungwoo P

Instructor

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jungwoo graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, majoring in Physics. He has a passion for numbers and statistics, and enjoys analyzing data to find patterns and trends. Jungwoo also enjoys teaching students, particularly in STEM subjects.

“I had an appreciation of coding and computers, particularly automatic processes and robotics since I was a child, but I wish I could start coding earlier. When I am not learning new programming and coding concepts, you can usually find me looking up movie and book reviews.”

Benny C

Benny C

Marketing

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Benny has always been working in the marketing field. First Code Academy provides opportunities for him to combine his interest in Children Education. He strongly believes in empowering our next generation to become creators with technology!

"Working at First Code is such a precious experience, I get to fully utilise my marketing skills for children which I never thought of! Outside of First Code, I love going hiking and dancing with my family and friends!"

Pelo A

Pelo A

Admissions

Pelo has a passion for technology and children education. She believes that First Code provides opportunities for kids to not only learning coding, but the passion in learning as well. She enjoys chatting with new people and sharing new ideas.

“It is amazing how much working at First Code inspired me. From working with team members to parents recognitions, it has been an amazing journey! I wish I could start it earlier. Outside of First Code, I like to munch on popcorns and watch Netflix with my family and friends.”

Rachel C

Rachel C

Office

Rachel Choi has years of experience in managing administrative work. She is exceptionally attentive to everyone’s needs and she puts in her best effort to make sure everyone at First Code (students or staff), can together learn in a happy and harmonious environment.

"To me, First Code is a very special place where culture and talents thrive. Never have I been working in a place that is so young and energetic. It is my pleasure to be able to serve such a unique group of individuals."

Samantha M

Samantha M

Customer Success

Samantha has a passion in education and people development. Believing that coding is important in the future education, First Code has provided a platform for her to explore about coding and education. With her previous experience in AIESEC, Samantha is keen on generating and testing new business ideas.

"The vision of First Code really touched me and I believe this is the right place for kids to learn and have fun with technology. Seeing how driven our kids learning in class, I am truly impressed by their innovative ideas and it motivates me to go further in my work and outside of work to learn coding!"

Natalie C

Natalie C

Customer Success & Admissions

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Natalie studied in the Bay Area before. She graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor Degree in Communications. She is always passionate about technology. She likes how the combination of logical thinking and creativity works well together through coding. She also thinks that coding is the only one that can bring this combination together.

"Technology has always been my best friend. I can't imagine a day without being surrounded by technology. I really envy the kids nowadays who get to learn coding especially when they are young. I feel very happy to be a part of First Code to empower the kids to learn coding. I am now picking up coding skills during my spare time."

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