Meet the Team


Elaine Queathem

CEO, Co-Founder

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.


Alex Pearson

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 Software Engineer at Bauer Xcel Media, where he focuses on products that help users visualize data interact with products they love.  You can read more on his blog, or take a look at some of his open source contributions on GitHub.


John Cotton

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:     github: thejohncotton


Meagan Barbeau

Manager Marketing/Operations

Meagan Barbeau is a St. Louis native who graduated from Saint Louis University in May of 2017 with a major in Communication and a focus in Advertising, as well as a minor in Visual Communication.  In her spare time, she enjoys sketching and digital art, growing her encyclopedic knowledge of the Muppets, and restoring old and black and white photos. Meagan joined Savvy Coders in August of 2016 as an intern, and has been working diligently in the company ever since. Handling marketing and graphic design duties, as well as lending a hand wherever possible, Meagan loves to see Savvy Coders and its students grow.


Michael Moore

Communications Coordinator

Michael is a St. Louis native currently enrolled in the University of Missouri-St.Louis pursuing B.S degree in Media & Communication. Michael joined the Savvy Coders team as an intern in 2018. Aside from assisting company leaders in performing a multitude of operational tasks, he also helps to cultivate the company’s vast interpersonal networks.

“My main goal is to help the Savvy Coders students and graduates to reach their full potential. Some of my passions include writing, photography, and digital media.”