Hey super-parent! We're happy you're looking for options to get
your kids learning to code. It's SUCH an amazing skill to learn and will help your
kids in more ways than you can imagine! We're super excited to be bringing Silicon
Valley's #1 kids coding program to the area to help your kids get going, so read on
and let's get our kids coding!
At theCoderSchool, we want to do more than just teach coding. We want aspiring
coders to use their new found passion as a stepping stone to thinking outside the
box, as a way to channel their ideas in a creative way and most importantly, to
have fun. Interested? Fill out our form and we'll be in touch shortly to tell
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Hi everyone! We are Chad and Ellen Hamel, owners of theCoderSchool in
Ashburn, VA. We are so excited to bring theCoderSchool to the DC metro
area! A little about us - we live on a small farm in Loudoun County
with our two boys, a dog and lots of other farm animals! Chad is a
veterinarian and graduate of Oklahoma State University and Ellen is a
nurse with Nursing degree from the University of Virginia and Master
of Public Health from George Washington University. We have each
worked in the healthcare field for nearly 20 years and we are both
former college athletes. Throughout our careers we’ve experienced more
and more the importance of technology and its reach into a variety of
different industries, including health! For this reason, we feel it is
really important to bring the ability to code to the next generation.
Coding is not only a critical skill set for the future, but helps kids
to develop their creative, cognitive and analytic abilities, setting
them up for success in their careers and in life! We chose
theCoderSchool because we believe in its philosophy of teaching to
code through a personalized coaching approach, in a fun and supportive
environment, fostered by a family-oriented team. We hope you’ll join
our community and look forward to working with you and your child to
create an awesome learning experience! If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact us anytime at email@example.com or
Meet our Site Manager
Hello Coders and Parents! My name is Shelby Findley and I’m the Site Manager at theCoderSchool Ashburn. I’m a Marshall University graduate (Go Herd!) with a degree in elementary education and a graduate certificate in reading education. From my teaching experience, I’ve seen firsthand how the way we are teaching children is shifting to being more and more technology focused. During my time as a classroom teacher and reading specialist, I was always learning and being trained on new ways to implement technology in the classroom. It was paramount that our students understood how to utilize technology to play, learn, and create. For this reason, I know that what theCoderSchool has to offer to youth in our community is invaluable because all the technology we’re using every day wouldn’t be possible without coders! We’re giving our kids skills that they will use in every aspect of their life. I can’t wait to be a part of helping your child gain important building blocks that are critical for their future success in our tech driven world!
Our Tech Advisor (and Code Coach)
Welcome, game developers and parents! I’m Stevens Miller (yup, my first name looks like a last name). I’m the Technical Adviser for theCoderSchool in Ashburn. I’m also the Unity game development instructor. I have a bachelor’s degree in physics from Amherst College, a master’s degree in computer science from the Stevens Institute of Technology (same name, no relation), and I’m a Unity-certified developer. Unity uses the C# (pronounced “see sharp”) programming language, which is very similar to Java. But game creation is much more than writing code. A successful game combines science, art, music, drafting, logical thinking, writing, and even acting. In 2018, video games became the most popular and the most profitable entertainment industry in the world, surpassing both movies and television. Maybe that’s because the technology has reached the point where a player can take on the role of a character in an interactive story. You no longer just watch the hero. In a game, you ARE the hero! Multi-talented, well-trained developers are what makes such games a reality. If your daughter or son wants to mix art, engineering, coding, and fun, I look forward to helping them do it. See you soon!
Meet our Mascot!
My name is Magellan, theCodingAlpaca, and I enjoy eating grass, playing with my other Alpaca friends, and of course, Coding. I hope to see you soon at our school. Until then, please ponder how I learned to code when I have hooves for feet and I hope you have an awesome day!
Are you a passionate coder? We're always looking for amazing Code Coaches®,
What is theCoderSchool? We are an after-school drop-off program for kids learning to code - a coding school! There's after-school kung fu. There's after-school music lessons, sports, art, tutoring, Chinese, you name it, it's out there. But coding for kids? We're among the first of many, and the largest in Silicon Valley with more locations on the way around the country. The future will be ever more dependent on technology so let's get our young generation ready. Learn to Code, Change the World®.
Proud founding member of IAYCE
(International Alliance of Youth Coding Educators)