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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.

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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.
Kaelei Lewis Coding Instructor
Kaelei Lewis
Assistant Manager & Coding Instructor
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Kaelei is an Honors Program student at Norwalk Community College majoring in Computer Science. 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 as an alternate camp director 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.
Brittany DeJesus from Happy Code Club
Brittany DeJesus
Manager, Lead Instructor, and Curriculum Author
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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.
Michelina Docimo
Billing and Payroll Manager
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Michelina brings 20 years of office management experience working with small and start-up businesses, specifically in sustainability related firms. She is the author of Echoes: Listening to the Voices in Spirited Trees, a book that intersects issues of art, environment, politics, and religion through dialogue with local Connecticut individuals building community. She is a 2018 graduate of Parents Seeking Educational Excellence and is an active volunteer in the Stamford public schools. Michelina is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with degrees in English and Landscape Architecture, concentration in agriculture and natural resources.
Courtney Ferguson
Scheduling Coordinator
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Courtney is currently a work-at-home mom with her baby girl. She holds a Masters of Social Work degree and in her spare time is a volunteer with a camp for local foster children. Courtney is detail-focused and enjoys getting to support the work of Happy Code Club by way of scheduling coordination. In her off time you can find her adventuring in the mountains of Colorado or Utah with her husband, baby, and pup.
Philip Coding Instructor
Philip De Munck
Assistant Trainer & Coding Instructor
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Philip is currently a Senior 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. He also works with our trainers to ensure new and existing staff feel comfortable during classes. When he has spare time, Philip enjoys running, rock climbing, and learning languages. He is near-fluent in German.
Kamalteja Volunteer
Kamalteja Kola
Inventory Manager & 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.
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. She is fluent in Japanese.
Francis Alvaro
Kids Coding Instructor
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Francis is a Coding Instructor at Happy Code Club.
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.”
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.
Justin Attai
Kids Coding Instructor
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Justin is currently a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a major in information technology with a concentration in communication and a minor in Mandarin. He is familiar with coding languages such as python, c++, Java, and html & css. Justin has also participated and reached at least the state level in the national robotics competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, for all four years of his high school career. He’s excited to share his love, passion, and knowledge of STEAM with his students. In his spare time, Justin enjoys playing the saxophone, playing video games, and knitting
Nancy Rodman
Kids Coding Instructor
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After earning an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and continuing with graduate studies in Business, and Finance, and design and construction, I enjoyed careers in corporate finance, mortgage securities, and real estate development. Proud of my nerdy reputation, I quickly adapted new computer programming developments as they enhanced capabilities in each of my fields. I am a self-professed logic/statistical/math/coding computer game fan. Also, I have enjoyed tutored my children and many others for years in math, science and other technical areas.
Andy Xanthos
Kids Coding Instructor
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Andy is a senior at Pace University, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. He is passionate about programming and especially interested in web development. Andy started programming at the age of 12, building custom fan websites for his favorite video games. It is important to Andy to share his love of programming and technology with younger generations and to help them however he can!
Alberto Llanos
Kids Coding Instructor
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Alberto Llanos was born in Quito, Ecuador. Passionate with technology, knowledge and education, he achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronic Engineering at Escuela Politécnica del Ejército in Ecuador. Then, in 2013, he got the opportunity to develop a project of an artificial vision module for the Robotic Laboratory of UNICEN in Argentina. Connected with technology, Alberto worked in Halliburton Latin America and Mekinnova, where he got experience with electronic instrumentation, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Python, LabVIEW, PLC, microcontrollers and industrial robots. Currently, combining his passions, he is in the process of getting his teacher certification in Mathematics for middle and high school students. In addition, Alberto works at Stamford Public Schools and Happy Code Club as Instructor, helping others to obtain more knowledge with responsibility and joy.
Danny Richardson
Kids Coding Instructor
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My name is Danny Richardson; I am 17 years old and an avid electronics hobbyist and tinkerer. I have a deep interest in engineering and wish to pursue that as my career after college. I enjoy crafts such as carpentry, machining, and forging. I work on things such as old computers, robotic arms and prosthetics, and repair old motors. Outside of the workshop, I often bike, hike, and camp in the great outdoors. I take great pride in my works and find pleasure in inspiring awe from teaching, those younger than I, the technical crafts that shape society: such as robotics, coding, and engineering. That satisfaction of changing the youth's future for the better, is the greatest form of gratification.
Lori Federico
Kids Coding Instructor
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Lori has a BFA degree from Purchase College where she also studied theater and dance. She also has a Digital Media Certificate from SUNY Westchester Community College as well as completed graduate coursework at Pace University in Childhood Education. Her professional experience includes work in graphic design creating layouts for catalogs, postcards, flyers, banners, business cards and other marketing collateral and promotional banner ads for both print and web. She has instructed children in art at the Katonah Museum of Art and worked in the education department as education associate at Historic Hudson Valley. She is happy to apply her knowledge and experience in art and technology towards creating a lasting and meaningful educational experience.
Kerving Joseph
Kids Coding Instructor
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Kerving H Joseph, from Haiti and residing in Stamford CT. I’m an online Student at BYU-I in Computer Information System. I have been a teacher for quite a while. I am married with 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. I am happy person and have a lot of fun explaining things to other people. I found great fulfillment and taking a complex thing and unfold it to the language of a little child. I love basketball, ping pong and running. I and glad to join Happy Code Club to help and grow. I am fluent in Haitian Creole, French, and Spanish.
Dylan Brown
Kids Coding Instructor
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Hello, my name is Dylan. I grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After High School I enlisted in the United States Navy, where I got my first experience tutoring students with CSADD, a Navy Volunteer group. After spending four years on board the USS Kauffman I honorably discharging from the service. The reason I left the service was to pursue my higher education, which was why I enrolled at the College of Westchester. While in school I have had the opportunity to study computer programming and networking, working with my peers in the PC Doctor program, in which we repaired computers and phones. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead classes and help exercise creative problem solving.
Matthew Frazzetta
Kids Coding Instructor
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I recently joined the Happy Code Club team September 2019. I am currently attending Uconn Stamford and getting my degree in Computer Science and Engineering. I have experience in several programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, Processing, and Scheme. In the past I have worked as a mentor for disadvantaged children and as a camp counselor. While I do have previous experience working with children, this is my first formal teaching experience. I have been learning a lot and look forward to continue learning as I work with the Happy Code Club team.

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