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With equal access to knowledge and career development, LEARN academy is teaching a new generation of daring and diverse students to be compassionate, curious and professional web developers.

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Values

LEARN’s instruction is as approachable as it is transformative — and our foundational values ensure that our students are set up for success, in all its forms.

Trust the Process.

We believe in the learning process. While your time at LEARN may seem to center on the specifics of terminology or technology, we are equally as dedicated to building up skills in collaboration, community-building, and intentional and ethical coding.

Help Each Other Out.

Building a community requires collective cooperation and partnership over the interests of an individual: Struggling developers deserve our support, teamwork demands trust, and companies are fueled by compassion as much as by competence.

Lean Into the Uncomfortable.

 We teach students to be comfortable with the great unknown — and with failure. Every coder will get an error message one day — it’s how you approach the solution that matters. We encourage a passion for problem-solving above all else.

Netizenship.

The web can be a scary place. To combat that, we uphold the value of netizenship: the idea that we are citizens of the web and as such have a civic responsibility and an ethical, moral obligation to each other when using — and building — it.

Active Participation.

We give students the fundamental knowledge and skills in web development — but our real mission is to inspire a commitment to lifelong learning. We seek rigorous engagement and active participation from our students — passivity and apathy can be checked at the door!

Diversity & Inclusion.

LEARN is committed to building an authentically representative and welcoming industry — and disrupting the outdated notion that tech is only for a certain race, gender, or identity.

Staff

Founders

Chelsea Kaufman

CEO and Co-Founder

With a background in education and business administration, Chelsea runs the show. Her business savvy and educational genius inspire and better those around her. She has managed a theater company, taught corporate team building and taken part in almost every part of the theatrical process. Chelsea is really the boss, but don’t tell her we said that.

Rob Kaufman

Co-Founder

Swears he started learning development skills at age 2 and has never wanted to do anything else. Rob’s been working in Ruby since 2003, Rails since 2005 and still trying to learn a new programing language every year. Rob founded Notch8, a Rails consultancy in 2007, and has loved both working with clients and teaching new developers at every step of the way.

Matt Clark

Co-Founder

Since first discovering programming back before the pentium, Matt has romanced the Borland compiler, transitioned to web development from the very early days of the Mosaic browser, and turned to Ruby after discovering how much more fun it is to write beautiful code. Matt has managed teams for companies big and small, and moved freely between freelance, startups and corporate.

Instruction Team

Sarah Proctor

Director of Academic Experience

Sarah is passionate about creating a welcoming, inclusive learning space for people making the transition into a career in technology. She attended LEARN Academy in 2018, making the jump into tech from a non-technical background and actively helps others do the same. She strives to inspire students to step outside their comfort zones and embrace personal growth along with learning the fundamentals of development.

Austin Walker

Lead Instructor

Austin is passionate about people who want to learn coding to better their lives. Having attended Learn Academy in 2020 he has an insider approach to instruction.  Austin believes with the right attitude anyone can become a member of the tech industry. Austin is married to a software engineer and they love spending their days working side by side.

Elyse Montano

Associate Instructor

Elyse is passionate about technology, helping people, and being a part of their journey as they pursue a new career in software development.  Her love for collaboration and problem solving led her to LEARN Academy in 2021.  She values each person’s unique experiences and how they can be applied to the tech industry.  Along with that, Elyse strives to make learning fun, exciting and transformational.

Charlean Baxter

Associate Instructor

Charlean is a Navy Veteran and former Respiratory Therapist who graduated from our Delta 2021 Cohort. She was seeking more than a new career. She wanted a chance to be more creative and have a voice within a team; all these desires were met within the structure of LEARN Academy. Transitioning from a Full Stack Web Development student to an instructor is a highlight of her coding journey. She looks forward to helping students chisel out the “not” in the “I don’t know” and “I can’t.” She believes in using the fears, mistakes, and challenges as teaching tools and fuel to push forward to success.

Administration Team

T.J. Kidder

Director of Marketing and Communications

T.J. is a San Diego native and a proud San Diego State alumn. He brings 8 years of digital marketing experience to the team, with a drive for creating and developing omnichannel marketing campaigns, and specializing in digital marketing, web design, and graphic design.

Kumba McGill

Enrollment Manager

Kumba strongly believes in empowering people to create their next best opportunity in life. She has over five years of enrollment management expertise specifically in the field of higher education. Kumba is also very passionate about social impact and has previously worked with non profits in the states and in West Africa. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of San Diego. At LEARN, every day Kumba looks forward to finding and enrolling the next generation of web developers!

Vanessa Nuño

Operations Coordinator

Vanessa is a bit of a traveler; having lived in a few places around the world but has always come back to San Diego, CA where she grew up. She has an extensive background in organization within local businesses but really just loves to find ways to contribute to the diverse community she originally comes from. You can find her walking her pups Zooey and Peanut in the various local trails in San Diego or hanging out at our current coworking location on Ivy Street.

Lauren Dumford

Content and Social Media Coordinator

Originally from Ventura, Lauren is a San Diego transplant enjoying the new environment. With over 3 years of marketing experience she is excited to bring fresh points of view to the LEARN academy marketing team. She’s always happy to help with anything the team might need, and excited to be a part of such a collaborative group. In her free time you can find her hiking around local San Diego trails with her family and dog, or looking for unique eateries.

Paul Hutchinson

Career Services Associate

Hailing from Manchester, UK, Paul has lived in San Diego for over 12 years. Throughout his professional career, he has been involved in education with over 2 decades in the classroom, teaching people of all ages. A graduate of a code school himself, the position of Career Services Coordinator allows for his passion for technology and for helping people realize their full potential. Paul is a very undiscerning sports fan, supporting some absolutely terrible teams. He loves to discover new music, watch live shows, to travel, independent cinema and read PG Wodehouse.

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