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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.

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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.

FIND OUT MORE

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Fernando Alvarenga Founder Happy Code
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.
Beau Jackson
Head 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.
Kaelei Lewis Coding Instructor
Kaelei Lewis
Coding Instructor & Assistant Trainer
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Kaelei is currently studying Computer Science at Norwalk Community College. She is a former Michelin Pastry Commis with a degree from the French Culinary Institute. She is highly detailed and has extensive experience working with kids from her former after school teaching work and current work as an instructor at HCC Summer Camp. She is a volunteer adoption counselor at PAWS in Norwalk, and uses her skills in computer science to help maintain the shelter database. She often finds herself becoming a tour guide for wandering children in restaurants or the shelter.
Brittany DeJesus from Happy Code Club
Brittany DeJesus
Lead Instructor, Curriculum Author and Camp Manager
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Brittany is currently studying Elementary and Special Education at High Point University in North Carolina. She has been with HappyCode since February 2017. She is very passionate about her work in and out of the classroom. Brittany continues to support HappyCode operations by writing curricula for scratchjr, scratch, ozobots, makey makey, classroom management and other training courses and assessments for Instructors. At High Point University, Brittany is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, The National Society of Leadership and Success, and a founding member of Lambda Pi Chi’s chapter which is the first Latinx organization of any kind to be established at her campus.
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.
Francis Alvaro
Kids Coding Instructor
Michael Donofrio
Coding Instructor and Curriculum Author
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. Fluent in Japanese.
Philip Coding Instructor
Philip De Munck
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Philip is currently a Junior at Staples High School. He enjoys coding as one of his primary passions, and is delighted when others are interested and want to learn to code. Philip works with students to ensure their understanding of a lesson while also creating a fun and inviting atmosphere. When he has spare time, […]
Kamalteja Volunteer
Kamalteja Kola
Volunteer Kids Coding Instructor
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Kamalteja earned her masters degree in Information Technology as a software developer from central Queensland University (CQU) Australia. She is very much passionate about sharing her knowledge and working with kids. “I'm able to explain to kids in both theoretical and practical examples. Happy code club (HCC) have given a great opportunity as a volunteer to prove myself and to build future generations.” As a web developer she has developed a few websites using different programming languages such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP.
Souleyman Bane Coding Instructor
Souleyman Bane
Coding Instructor
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Souley, as he is warmly known, has been around technology his whole life and naturally he has decided to major in Computer Science at NCC. He specializes in Java and has experience in Python, HTML, SQL, and a bit more. “Teaching and learning with my students is something I’ll never get tired of, and working at happy code club has been full of moments I’ll never forget.”
Edward Coding Instructor at Happy Code Club
Edward Schildnecht
Coding Instructor
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Edward is currently working towards an AS in Computer Science at NCC with his sights set on a bachelor's degree once he's done. His passion lies in everything STEM. When he is not working at HCC he enjoys spending his time learning about the latest technological or scientific advances, gaming, and programming for fun. His favorite language is Java, but he has experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and SQL. Edward has also tutored in the past and is excited at the opportunity to spread his love of computers, technology, and science to every child he teaches.
Sagar Gulati Coding Instructor
Sagar Gulati
Kids Coding Instructor
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Sagar earned his BS in Computational Biology at the University of Rochester in 2019. During college, he discovered his love for teaching while coaching computer science at the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester and as an organic chemistry teaching assistant. He is passionate about helping students learn lifelong skills. In the future, he plans to go to medical school and pursue orthopedic surgery.
Yiwei Qi
Yiwei Qi
Kids Coding Instructor and Curriculum Assistant
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Yiwei is pursuing her master’s degree in developmental psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working children since college, and she is especially interested in integrating art and STEM education. She is passionate about designing meaningful learning experiences for children and hopes to continue doing it at HCC.
Jerfrey Martinez
Jerfrey Martinez
Intern Coding Instructor
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Jerfrey is currently at Naugatuck Valley Community College graduate and incoming UConn Storrs engineering student. He will be dual-majoring in Computer Science and Chinese. In terms of coding, he is a master of all things Java but is looking to broaden his horizons. Jerf also loves working with kids. He has experience tutoring kids through his many volunteering activities, most notably with Danbury Grassroots Academy. At DGA, he regularly helps students with various needs ranging from reading all the way to science and math. In his free time, he is an avid gamer and Netflix binge-watcher. He is fluent in Spanish and, hopefully in a couple years, Chinese.

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