About Us

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OUR MISSION at Happy Code Club

We want to empower students with the ability, tools, and knowledge needed to excel in STEM related fields.

Why HappyCode?

Over the past decade, Computer Science education has slowly spread across many boundaries, from borders to age ranges to skill levels. Not fast enough we say! As technological advancement accelerates, computer science becomes more important with each passing year. Yet many students from kindergarten all the way through high school don’t yet have the option to learn CS after-school or weekends. Thus Happy Code Club was born!

Our after-school coding club caters to kids from the ages of 6 to 17. Our unique curricula focus on teaching CS through activities that kids enjoy. From robotics and game development to fashion and sports, we’ve got something for every child that will light that spark!

Our elementary-level coding classes teach kids Computer Science basics using Scratch JR, Scratch 2, and Kodable. For rising stars we reinforce the basic and advance further, taking them to new coding languages like Python and C# while expanding upon the CS fundamentals.

We are constantly researching and developing new curricula, not only to keep things fresh but, more importantly, to discover new ways to capture a student’s attention and teach through fun.

Our approach to kids learning code is extremely unique! But what makes us so different from other clubs? Our after-school coding classes make our kids feel like a part of something special; surrounded by friends, they can find their passions no matter what. Our kids are interested in all sorts of different areas like sports, the arts, game design, music stories and way more. Your child can be the creator and the inventor, heading into the 21st Century with confidence.

Our after-school programs can be private or semi-private lessons and we are able to customize a class to suit your child’s interest. We also teach all levels from novice to more advanced, all kids are welcome! Your kids will love what they come up with instilling confidence in their abilities.

Our Happy Staff!

Why Teach Kids Coding?

Kids coding lessons are awesome and here’s why you should enroll your kids in our kids coding clubs

  • Improved critical thinking skills
  • Improved problem solving skills
  • Improved technological fluency
  • Prepares them for a bright and successful future
  • Learning program with after-school
  • Positive learning environment
  • Learning through play

ABOUT Happy Code Club

STEM Programs in Fairfield County

Kids coding is taking the world by storm and there’s a good reason for it! Kids coding lessons give your kids an advantage in a highly competitive and technologically focused world out there. Regardless of where their career might take them, coding will help them to stand out from the crowd. By enrolling your child in kids coding classes, you are preparing them for a bright future. Here at Happy Code Club we make kids coding fun by teaching them to make their own games, apps and much more. They’ll have a blast with our kids coding afternoon activities.

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Fernando Alvarenga
Founder
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Fernando is passionate about Computer Science. He’s been working in the IT sector and Technology Innovation for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart University earned Business Certificates from the Executive Business School at Tuck University and Programming Certificates from Harvey Mudd College. He works hard to make the experience great for kids by leading innovation projects in Curriculum Development, Fun Programs, Professional Development and more. In his spare time, he likes to Run, Rock Climb, Bike, and Raise Free Range Chickens in his North Stamford Home.
Deniz Ozkaynak
Co-Director, Instructor, & Curriculum Writer
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Deniz just loves working with kids and found his passion for working in a classroom environment while he was a T.A. at Northeastern University. Since joining HappyCode in September 2016 initially as a Curriculum Developer/Instructor, he has since shown great initiative and leadership, becoming Co-Director of HappyCode in June 2017. Deniz is a 2015 graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. in Computer Science & Game Design. In addition to Co-Directing and teaching at HCC, he is currently an independent game developer and was formerly a software engineer at Lockheed Martin ASC.
Enea Groballi
Clubhouse Manager, Instructor
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Enea previously worked for Phoenix House Foundation, in his role as an Application Support Analyst, he had been responsible for supporting a number of business and ancillary applications. Prior to that, he worked for the University of Bridgeport and iD Tech camps, while obtaining his BS in Computer Science from the University of Bridgeport.
Sharon Duncalf
Operations Manager & Kids Coding Instructor
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Sharon has a background in film studies, video editing, and marketing. She completed an M.F.A. in 2014 with a concentration in video editing from Academy of Art University. She also has a B.A. from Quinnipiac University in communications. Aside from film, she also has a passion for the environment and education. She enjoys learning new things and hopes to inspire a love of learning in children.
Beau Jackson
Kids Coding Instructor & JavaScript Curriculum Developer
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Beau has a degree in Classical Greek and Latin from NYU. He previously taught and guest-lectured at universities all over South Korea. Fluent in Korean, Beau has had a successful career in television and radio broadcasting with a broad reach in South Korea and China.At Happy Code Club, he teaches and develops curricula for HTML, CSS & JavaScript with a focus on empowering students to experiment, to create, and to discover their own coding superpowers.
Erickson Paschke
Scratch Instructor Guru
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Erickson earned his BS in Game Art and Animation from Champlain College and he is passionate about Art, Programming and Game Design. Soon after college he discovered that he loves working with kids and he has worked for several years teaching Kids Computer Science. At Happy Code club we love the many ways he can teach and he is endeavoring on creative new ways all the time to teach kids using the latest technologies and methods.
Brittany DeJesus
Kids Coding Instructor
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Brittany is a recent graduate of Trinity Catholic High School who is continuing her education at High Point University in North Carolina while supporting HappyCode operations remotely. She is very passionate about working with kids as she hopes to pursue a career in Childhood Education with a minor degree in Special Education. Brittany has spent over a hundred hours volunteering at local elementary schools in Stamford to give her more experience with what she wants to do in her career. She excelled in her academics and was recently inducted into the National Honors Society at Trinity. She has trained at Happy Code Club in several Scratch curriculums and is an active participant in the development of Scratch jr curriculums, Camp activities and STEM Day events.
Francis Alvaro
Kids Coding Instructor
Andrew Chacon
Kids Coding & Robotics Instructor
Michael Donofrio
Kids Coding Instructor
Sonomi Totsuka
Kids Coding Instructor
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Sonomi earned her BS in Computer Science from Stony Brook University. She previously worked as a developer and QA at several companies. She has volunteered in Stamford public schools teaching business and entrepreneurship to elementary students. Fullent in Japanese.
Charlie Ira
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Charlie is a junior at UConn Stamford studying computer science. He spent the summer of 2018 working on research regarding blockchain technology with the CS director of UConn Stamford. Coding is his passion and passing his knowledge to the next generation of programmers means everything to him. In his spare time he enjoys playing Fortnite […]

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