Elaine has been involved with technology her entire life, but when working for a small software technology company in 2009, she became acutely aware of the shortage of qualified programming resources which were essential for a small company to grow and thrive. Now, several years later, she is in a position to begin to help people develop those important and sought after skills. That’s why she founded Savvy Coders.
VP Learning, Co-Founder
Alex is one of the co-founders of Savvy Coders and the primary author of the course curriculum. It’s Alex’s mission to help others grow as developers through formal instruction, personal mentorship, and contributions to the software development community. He currently works as a Senior Software Engineer/Application Team Lead at Volley Labs.
Social Media Specialist
Zoey is a proud 2018 graduate of Savvy Coders. Excited by Savvy Coders’ mission, she came on as a T.A. soon after taking the class, before becoming a full-time employee in December. Zoey manages the various social media pages on behalf of Savvy Coders, as well as maintaining the website. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, music, comics, and historical folklore.
Director of Operations
Dezerae Abelon has spent much of her life living abroad in Europe and enjoys the excitement and challenges that travel and new experiences bring.
With a strong background in international business operations and a Masters in Organizational Change, she brings to the table a yearning desire to inject change for the better and bring the opportunity of Savvy Coders to those who want to make a difference. She is a recent coding graduate and uses her experience as encouragement to others who want to join the field.
Born and raised in San Diego, CA Krystal Keys moved to Nashville in January of 2015.
With a passion for helping people develop and succeed Krystal can often be found volunteering at different events around Nashville. With a background in people development and customer experience Krystal is dedicated to making sure everyone has an amazing experience with Savvy coders. In her spare time Krystal can be found at the football field where her daughter cheers or planning her next trip.
Heather is a full stack developer in Nashville. She frequently attends local meet-ups, and enjoys data analytics, software architecture, and CSS. A Tennessee native with a liberal arts education, Heather was a professional baker for five years before attending a part-time bootcamp. Her love of developing an end product and analytical problem solving are the foundation of her career. When not coding, Heather practices yoga and hikes with her dog.
Class Instructor, Chattanooga
John is a full stack developer living in Chattanooga. He is passionate about open source and mobile. In addition to developing software and teaching others, he programs electronic music, produces documentary films, and spends the rest of his time outdoors. John has endless creativity, which he combines with a passion for teaching others about coding to create a dynamic and fun learning experience. A little known, fun fact about John; he won an Emmy Award for his work on From The Streets to The Stage: The Journey of Fredrick Davis, a PBS documentary.
website: johncotton.us github: thejohncotton