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."

Varian N

Varian N

COO

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."

Fung Ying L

Fung Ying L

Head of Ops

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."

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."

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

Business Development

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."

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!"

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.”

Marco W

Marco W

Instructor

Marco graduated from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, majoring in Biochemistry. He has a passion in education and technology, especially in STEM. He enjoys working with children and inspiring them to become creators with technology.

"I found programming fascinating in the way that it mimics our world. I believe being able to understand coding concepts helps us to perceive the world better and solve daily live problems too. One of the most satisfying moments in coding is where you can create something useful and pleasant out of nothing but just concepts and codes, and seeing people benefit from it. I wish to see more youngster enjoy the same pleasure as mine by learning coding and applying what they've learnt."

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 & Admissions

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!"

Mandy C

Mandy C

Events

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mandy loves kids and she believes coding is the new trend for the world. Mandy enjoys participating in different events at First Code and is very happy to see the students grow.

"I love kids and I feel happy just by looking at them. It is amazing to see a lot of young kids showing off their talent. Following the trend in the world, I am excited to be part of First Code to help our students become future creators with technology."

Jo N

Jo N

Marketing

Jo is passionate about education and believes in the power of coding in making social changes. Her interest in marketing brought her to First Code where she is offered the opportunities to try out new ideas.

"First Code is all about empowerment. I am impressed by the many creative student projects and how much they can do at their age."

Wilfred C

Wilfred C

Customer Success

Wilfred received his master's and bachelor's degree in Economics and Econometrics from Victoria University of Wellington. He has a strong belief that science can help us make better decisions and thus change people's lives. Also he has always felt that STEM education should be fun and inspirational so that young students will aspire to take more STEM subjects in school and university. 

"I love watching Netflix over the weekend. I love listening to Spotify on my iPhone. I love taking new courses on Coursera. I love booking flights and hotels on Expedia. What do they have in common? They are all disruptors in their own industry and have changed the way people live today. I believe what we do here at First Code will eventually lead to the advancement of STEM education and creative industries in Hong Kong because we are shaping our students to be creators with technology."

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