We're the people who make LEARN happen


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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.

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Matt Clark


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.

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Rob Kaufman


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.


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Alyssa Hope

Lead Instructor

Alyssa started her journey into web development while serving with the US Peace Corps in Eastern Europe. After spending years doing front end development, she is excited to share her knowledge and learn with students. In her spare time, she’ll be enjoying the out of doors on a run or sailing the San Diego bay.

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Jezreel Go


Jezreel stumbled upon a new hobby and passion back in 2013 when she started learning to code in Python on an old netbook. After a year of devouring internet resources on programming she decided to take the plunge and pursue a career in web development at LEARN Academy. After honing her skills in local San Diego startups she has returned to LEARN Academy as an Instructor.


Adam Thayer


Adam spent 6 years in the United States Coast Guard, specializing in Aviation Avionics until he found his new passion at LEARN academy. His dedication to learning and training makes him an invaluable part of the team here. In his free time, he enjoys being in the ocean, and pursuing his other passion - photography!



Hillary Whitmore

Director of Operations

Hillary is a San Diego native. She has been fundraising and working in sales since graduating from SDSU in 2012. She hit the ground running and quickly began wearing many hats and assisting in all aspects at LEARN. Her primary area of focus is Admissions, but she also manages marketing, career services, the instructors, and events.

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Bianca Portal

Career Services Manager

Bianca is passionate about resumes, cover letters, and all things LinkedIn, it only made sense that Bianca moved into the field of Career Services. After spending years as a Recruiter, most recently at Intuit, she's excited to bring her knowledge of the tech hiring process to the students at LEARN Academy, as the new Career Services Manager.


T.J. Kidder

Marketing Manager

T.J. is a native of San Diego and a marketing ninja. Being new to the LEARN academy staff, T.J. brings a background in digital marketing, web, and graphic design to the team.