Our leadership team embodies a deep commitment to social change and an unprecedented blend of teaching and programming expertise.
Director Front End Engineering Program
Louisa started her career as a graphic designer working on exhibit and interpretive design projects. As a designer, she saw firsthand how critical development skills are for people in creative industries. Having the skills to take an idea and turn it into something that people can use never gets old. Louisa loves building things that educate and bring joy to people, and making the transition from creating physical spaces to digital products has given her the opportunity to reach a wider audience. As Director of the Front-End Engineering Program at Turing School, Louisa brings a particular focus on user experience, front-end development, and design to help her students build the tools for success.
Stretching back to 2005, Jeff has more experience teaching Ruby and Rails than anyone in the world. Starting his education career with Teach for America in 2003, he’s taught middle school and high school, co-founded a middle school, and created Jumpstart Lab in 2009, Hungry Academy in 2012, and gSchool in 2013. Along the way he’s taught thousands of developers, taken nearly a hundred people from “no experience” to professional, and created over a thousand pages of instructional content. As the Executive Director of Turing School, Jeff designs the overarching instructional program, coordinates the instructional team, connects students with the community, directs the hiring process, and teaches full-group sessions.
Director Back End Engineering
Sal brings a background in education and a passion for positive change to his work at Turing. Having taught for three years in Queens, New York, he went to work for a small consulting firm that focused on real estate for federal clients. Looking for a way to get back to Colorado where he was born, he turned to Turing School for the opportunity to leverage programming to make people’s lives easier. Continuing to weave a deep commitment to service - whether to students, homeowners, or veterans - Sal is now the Director of the Back End Program at Turing where he gives our students the opportunity to build the tools they need to bring people together.
Senior Director of Operations
Working for over a decade to expand economic opportunity across policy and direct service, specifically in education, workforce and healthcare Courtney has been a part of numerous teams and organizations, working to bring diverse stakeholders together and create sustainable change. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Operations and External Affairs at Hope Street Group. Courtney now oversees the operations team from recruitment to job support at the Turing School; and is passionate about ensuring all students are successful and on the path for a career in technology. She also works to expand Turing’s partnerships and programs with a goal to be more integrated into the Denver community.
Ellen Mary Hickmann
Senior Director of Programs
Ellen Mary is a coach, a facilitator, and a designer. With more than 13 years of working in K-12 education as a teacher and as an instructional coach, she moved on to support non-profits who are raising the standards of what is possible in the education industry. Over six years, Ellen Mary worked for Teach for America where she led the Teacher Leadership Team responsible for over 200 educators. She ultimately chose to join Turing because of the mission of the organization. As the Director of Professional Learning, she ensures that students are getting the best experience in the classroom and that the instructors are continually being supported and developed.
Director of Operations
Having begun her career as a special education teacher with Teach for America, Joanne has been a Program Coordinator at the Asian Student Center, as well as the Special Education Coordinator at a public charter high school in Boston, MA. Always interested in creating high-quality learning environments, Joanne served as Assistant Principal of Operations at STRIVE Prep-Westwood before coming on board as our Operations Manager and now the Director of Operations at Turing School. Drawing from her diverse educational experience, Joanne enjoys creating and improving systems to ensure efficiency and increase the quality of any educational experience. She is passionate about making the lives of staff and students easier so they can focus on teaching and learning.
Director of Finance & Admissions
Rachel brings a completely unique skill set to Turing School, serving as our in-house General Counsel. She is an attorney specialized in general business practice. Prior to joining us, Rachel served the role of general counsel to many businesses on a contractual basis. She also has expertise maintaining the corporate governance of a non-profit organization, which proves vital to our own organizational structure. This expertise is rounded out by her professional experience in human resources and management capacity. As Turing School’s General Counsel, Rachel utilizes her past experience to manage all legal and compliance aspects of running our nonprofit organization.
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