Penguin Coding School's Awesome


DongMei Lexington
Dong Mei

Dong Mei has been working with Penguin Coding School since graduating Connecticut College in 2019. She studied Human Development and Computer Science, two of her passions which she has happily been able to combine while working here. Dong Mei spent her free time throughout high school and college working with children of all ages. She loves to teach students and work with them to challenge and expand their creativity through coding.

Giselle Cobble Hill

Giselle got her undergraduate degree at Barnard College, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology and Education Studies. She currently teaches Minecraft, Scratch, Lego Robotics, and Python! She loves incorporating creativity into the classroom and makes sure her students have room to explore and find joy in learning. In her free time Giselle loves to do art and spend time with friends.

EvaStelman Cobble Hill

Eva graduated from New York University where she received her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in STEM education, and has been teaching STEM subjects, including coding, biology, environmental science to grades K - 8 for three years. In college, she discovered the joys of teaching through her work at Sprout Up, a nonprofit organization that partners with public elementary schools throughout the country and focuses on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the STEM fields. She is currently in the process of pursuing a Masters in Childhood Education and obtaining her teaching certification. In her free time, Eva enjoys painting, drawing, and hanging out with her dog and two cats.

BenFelson Cobble Hill

Ben is pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. He started his journey in STEM at a coding camp in sixth grade and hasn't stopped programming since. Ben has done web development and database management on a professional scale, and enjoys training younger engineers in his university makerspace on 3D printers, hand tools, and heavy machinery. In his free time, Ben leads Columbia University Formula Racing, a club dedicated to designing, building, and racing Formula One inspired racecars. He also plays lots of Minecraft.

ChristianEid Park Slope

Christian graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor’s in computer science and philosophy. He found his passion for teaching coding in his senior year as a peer tutor, and has pursued his love for computer science education since. Christian believes that to understand a subject, you must be able to teach it to a kid, and he takes that to heart! His favorite classes to teach at Penguin Coding School are Python and Roblox, and enjoys developing new projects and games for his students to create while he is not teaching. In his free time, Christian is an eSports competitor and loves the outdoors.

Cheyenne Online

Cheyenne recently graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science. She has over 6 years of experience working with kids of all ages teaching STEM subjects, with a focus in coding and programming. Her passion for coding began as a kid with the first computer that her dad brought home in the 90s. Because of those early memories in her life, she loves to teach kids coding and spark that interest in them as well. She believes that learning how to code opens up the brain to endless possibilities of creativity and problem solving skills. Her favorite programming languages are Python, C++, and JavaScript. In her free time she loves to paint, collect rocks, and complete jigsaw puzzles.

SarahWharton Online

An MIT graduate, Sarah is a computer science educator with three years of experience teaching middle school students everything from coding with Scratch and Python to creating 3D models online. Her favorite activities are those where students get to be as creative as possible! Outside of the classroom, she loves to bake, read, and learn new hands-on skills.

stephanie Online

Stephanie has been teaching coding since she was in 6th grade. She is currently pursuing my Computer Science Masters Degree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She currently lives in Nashville, TN and is engaged to her wonderful fiancé.  In total, she has 8 years of in Minecraft/Block Based Coding experience, 4 years of HTML/CSS ex, 3 years of Base C/C++/C#, and almost 2 years of Python experience. She hopes to get to know her students and learn some programming together!

Karissa Perkins Online

Karissa recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in computer science. Her love for teaching began when she helped to teach swimming lessons at 10 years old. Ever since then she has wanted to be a teacher. She loves to show her students the limitless possibilities they can create with coding and loves to encourage creativity in every lesson. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her pets, a dog and two cats, play video games, and watch tv.

LyndseyReynolds Park Slope

Lyndsey graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2019 with a degree in psychology and a passion for STEM education. After college, she taught middle school math in Washington DC and coached robotics club for three years. In 2022, she moved to New York City to start graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University and found Penguin Coding School as a perfect place to continue working with kids and spreading wonder and joy through STEM learning.

Luis Park Slope

Luis received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia in 2020, and has been teaching math and coding to K-12 aged students ever since. In college, he discovered the joys of teaching through showing his peers to play and record music, coordinate shows, and DJ. He can't help but share his excitement about making programs and websites that do cool things, which is why he enjoys teaching Python, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. He lives in Brooklyn, and rides his bicycle and plays guitar in his free time.

Gwyn Acton

Gwyn has been working with Penguin Coding School since her move from Indiana to Massachusetts in 2022. She received a B.A. in Computer Science and an M.A. in Emerging Media Design & Development from Ball State University, which she channels into her love for creating video games. At Penguin Coding School, Gwyn’s favorite part of teaching is hearing student’s ideas and helping them bring them to life! Well, that and the songs, jokes, and smiles that her students come to class with every week. In her free time, Gwyn loves to go hiking with family or stay in, sewing while fending off her cats, Minnie, Clementine, and Nandor.

ErikaCardenas Cobble Hill

Erika is a coding enthusiast and STEAM lover. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a bachelor's in Biology and Computer Science. Her coding journey began in 2015 with a fun Java class and she wishes to give her students the same fun experience in their class! When she is not teaching the next generation of coders and scientists, you can find her spending time with her dog, binging on an exciting series, or practicing aerial silks. Erika loves hands-on projects and finds joy in the little things. She believes having fun while learning is best and thinks kids should never be afraid to ask questions!

Loren Park Slope

Loren graduated from Carleton College (BA, Physics) and is a competitive coder. He started tutoring STEM classes after college -- everything from multiplication tables to partial differential equations -- and loves the excitement he sees on a student's face when a challenging concept suddenly makes sense for the first time. Eureka! When Loren is not teaching coding he is gardening or coding up a solution to the latest math problem on Project Euler.

BetsyAreizaga Newton

Betsy’s relationship with coding began as a high school student when she began using HTML and CSS to manipulate and restyle myspace pages. This embedded a love for code and design that stuck. Later she went on to receive an associate degree in computer simulation, as well as a bachelor's degree in computer animation and motion media to support those passions. Betsy is a huge proponent of getting kids involved in STEM, especially young women. Her work with children reaches from teaching groups to nannying one on one, always with an air of creativity and inclusivity. Here at the Penguin Coding School she teaches Scratch, Minecraft, Python, and Robotics.

AllisO Newton

Allis brings a fresh and innovative approach to coding education, pushing the boundaries of traditional STEM teaching. Having recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a B.F.A. in Sculpture, she integrates her passion for traditional art practices, coding, and 3D design to foster creativity in her classroom. With a solid background of over four years working with children in robotics programming and Lego activities, complemented by more than a decade of experience in child care, she is dedicated to cultivating a deeper understanding of the world for young minds. During her leisure time, she finds fulfillment in activities such as 3D printing, machine embroidery, and reading.