Meet the Tekkie Team

Research suggests that, among school-related
factors, teachers matter most. This is why we
chose great teachers to work with us and this is
why we invest so much in their training and education.

Carles Buixó Talaver

Junior Innovators Course
Carles has been working for more than ten years as a humanities teacher in Spain. He loves art, and for that reason he considers coding an excellent way...
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Carles has been working for more than ten years as a humanities teacher in Spain. He loves art, and for that reason he considers coding an excellent way to promote creative, imaginative and interactive learning, just as music and literature do.
Outside of teaching, he dedicates his time to reading, writing, cooking or to doing sports, among other activities that he finds inspiring and stimulating. All of these he does with the fullest dedication, the same as when he is working.

Francesca Labrousse

Junior Innovators Course
With a typical background, Francesca likes discovering, imagining and learning different things just as much as she likes teaching. Her interest for...
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With a typical background, Francesca likes discovering, imagining and learning different things just as much as she likes teaching. Her interest for different languages such as Japanese and German have led her to love travelling with an open mind. She has a passion for creativity and for the artistic world (she’s a non-professional writer among other things). She hopes she can inspire others on their own path by helping them to shape their characters. She thinks that it’s important to not give up on our dreams, but it’s important to work so they can become true.

Francois de Villiers

Junior Innovators Course
Francois lives in South Africa. He studied Theology at the University of Stellenbosch and has a High School teaching diploma from the University of South...
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Francois lives in South Africa. He studied Theology at the University of Stellenbosch and has a High School teaching diploma from the University of South Africa in English and Religious Studies. He teaches Biblical Hebrew online and teaches English at a local school in Johannesburg.

Tamia McAfee

Junior Innovators Course
Tamia is a certified teacher from the United Stated of America. She has nearly a decade of education experience in the classroom. She is kind-hearted and...
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Tamia is a certified teacher from the United Stated of America. She has nearly a decade of education experience in the classroom. She is kind-hearted and has a passion for meeting new people. She enjoys helping others when possible and continues to encourage her students outside of the classroom to achieve their goals.

Danielle Melia

Junior Innovators Course
Danielle has a Master's degree in Library & Information Science and a Master's Degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. She loves to...
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Danielle has a Master's degree in Library & Information Science and a Master's Degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. She loves to teach (and learn) and her passion is technology. She has over 15 years experience teaching, all ages and learning styles, and feels that her appreciation of the learning process grows daily. Danielle is always taking new classes and attending workshops to stay current in education and technology trends. Danielle's enthusiasm and positivity is contagious and her students feel comfortable and at ease learning along with her.

Dr. Judith A. Gaffney

Junior Innovators Course
Judith is an educator and entrepreneur who enjoys creating a fun learning experience for kids and adults. She received her Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy...
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Judith is an educator and entrepreneur who enjoys creating a fun learning experience for kids and adults. She received her Ph.D. in Religious Philosophy and believes that education is a lifelong, rewarding experience.

Clara Puerta Capa

Junior Innovators Course
Clara is a Spanish, highly-educated, trilingual translator. During her years in university she had the opportunity to learn some coding and she simply...
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Clara is a Spanish, highly-educated, trilingual translator. During her years in university she had the opportunity to learn some coding and she simply fell in love with it. Besides her knowledge in translation and coding, in recent years Clara has been learning about teaching and she wants to delve further into the subject. Clara’s philosophy is “enjoying and learning”; she believes that it is important for children to enjoy the learning process. The key is to have fun and trust the teachers in their learning journey. As Shinichi Suzuki once said: “When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”

Chris Kjorness

Junior Innovators Course
Chris is an educator with a broad range of experience. He started his career as a musician and music professor. He has since moved into teaching reading...
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Chris is an educator with a broad range of experience. He started his career as a musician and music professor. He has since moved into teaching reading and math to primary and middle school kids as part of an academic intervention program. He is the father of two rowdy boys, who are his partners in experimenting with coding and robotics. He has a Master’s in Music from the New England Conservatory and is currently completing a Master’s in Teaching and Curriculum at Michigan State University.

Gabriela Romina Martinez

Sophomore Developer Course
A postgraduate student in Education and Digital Culture, blog writer, media producer, educator, and designer, Romina blends a multitude of talents.
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A postgraduate student in Education and Digital Culture, blog writer, media producer, educator, and designer, Romina blends a multitude of talents. Romina is from Buenos Aires, and like the city's unique vibe that makes it so exceptional, Romina's wide array of expertise makes her a stand-out individual. A strong technological orientation brings out the real pro in Romina when she is educating online.

Tamar Offer

Senior Entrepreneurs course
Tamar has been working with and teaching chidlren for as long as she can remember. In sixth grade, she was teaching first graders. During middle school,...
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Tamar has been working with and teaching chidlren for as long as she can remember. In sixth grade, she was teaching first graders. During middle school, she was teaching children basic computer studies. In high school, she taught at youth movements and summer camps, and today she is working as a children's teacher in a kibbutz and as a counselor at the center for the development of technological leadership. As a Black Belt in Karate, Tamar helped teach martial arts to children and teens. Tamar believes that the program for the development of technological leadership exposes the creativity of each child and opens a door for them to maximize their hidden abilities. Tamar enjoys music. She sings (and not just in the shower), plays the piano, and even tried her hand in the percussion section of an orchestra.

Bar Aboodi

Junior Innovators Course Sophomore Developer Course
Bar is a graduate of the Computers and Physics tracks in high school, and a student of educational technology. He says that he has always connected to...
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Bar is a graduate of the Computers and Physics tracks in high school, and a student of educational technology. He says that he has always connected to science and technology. "In the army, I developed computerized learning software," he says. "To teach programming and technological leadership is, for me, a natural combination of the worlds in which I love to work: working with people and working with computers." Bar believes that with the help of hard work and belief in yourself, you can do a lot, if not anything, because behind every fear that you overcome instead of fleeing from it, there is the person that we want to be."

Assaf Gezz

Senior Entrepreneurs course
Assaf is an Economics and Communications graduate of the University of Haifa. He developed the AppToEat application, and has worked in the Scouts...
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Assaf is an Economics and Communications graduate of the University of Haifa. He developed the AppToEat application, and has worked in the Scouts movement and in the "BizTech" startup competition at the Technion. Asaf believes that the program for developing technological leadership prepares children for the new world. According to him, the program combines three important topics: education, creativity and technology. Asaf's motto is" Change the world and enjoy it."

Tomer Perez

Junior Innovators Course Sophomore Developer Course
Tomer is an Electrical Engineering student at Tel Aviv University. He says that he has always been attracted to the field of technology. "I studied in...
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Tomer is an Electrical Engineering student at Tel Aviv University. He says that he has always been attracted to the field of technology. "I studied in technological tracks in high school," he says. During high school, Tomer was a group leader in the Scouts, and worked a lot with teens. After high school, he spent a year doing National Service in the US, working with American youth on behalf of the Jewish Agency. Tomer believes that the program for developing technological leadership is helping to raise the next generation of entrepreneurs in the world of Israeli hi-tech. Tomer loves spending time playing the guitar, harmonica, and any other instrument that he can get his hands on.

Itamar Shenfeld

Senior Entrepreneurs course
Itamar is a medical student at Tel Aviv University. In his free time, he likes to dive. He says that he has always loved teaching.
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Itamar is a medical student at Tel Aviv University. In his free time, he likes to dive. He says that he has always loved teaching. "I find that teaching children who thirst for knowledge, like those I encounter in the program, is particularly enjoyable," he says. Itamar worked as a guide at the Bloomfield Science Musem in Jerusalem, and was a counselor for high school students as part of the Model UN project, where students from different schools simulate UN deliberations. "The thing that I most love about the program is that it enables children to discover that in-depth learning can also be fun and empowering."

Liron Katz

Sophomore Developer Course
Liron holds a BA in Business Management and is a mother of three. For a number of years she has been teaching elementary school, middle school and high...
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Liron holds a BA in Business Management and is a mother of three. For a number of years she has been teaching elementary school, middle school and high school aged children as part of the center for the development of Technological Leadership. During her work with the children, Liron discovered how to make learning enjoyable and positive, while empowering children. "During the program, the children understand that they are able to do anything and that it mainly depends on them," she says. Liron is still excited to hear the peals of joy from the children when they succeed. She is heartened every time anew from the friendships that are formed in the online classes, and she mainly enjoys the experience of working with children.

Ori Socky

Junior Innovators Course Sophomore Developer Course
Uri graduated high school with full matriculation in Computer Sciences, and is currently a BA student in Computer Sciences at Ben-Gurion University.
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Uri graduated high school with full matriculation in Computer Sciences, and is currently a BA student in Computer Sciences at Ben-Gurion University. Uri served a year of National Service as a group counselor in the "Hodayot" youth village in northern Israel, and also served in the IDF as a specialist trainer in combat theory and command and control systems. Uri says that program for developing technological leadership is very special in that it has children learning programming and application development through a very practical method that enabls children aged 9 and up to develop and install applications and games on phones. According to Uri, "The added value in the program is the development of creativity and strengthening the self-confidence and self-esteem of the children participating in the program."

Yadira Colin

Sophomore Developer Course
Yadira is a talented, trilingual teacher, with excellent children skills. For the past four years, Yadira has been teaching children from the age of 4 and up.
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Yadira is a talented, trilingual teacher, with excellent children skills. For the past four years, Yadira has been teaching children from the age of 4 and up. She has lived in Paris while obtaining her BA and MA, and has absorbed both cultures. Yardina is organized and prepared when it comes to teaching, and likes to develop new techniques to encourage and motivate her students.

Shanik Azcarate

Senior Entrepreneurs course
Shanik is a certified teacher from Mexico, with 12 years of hands-on teaching experience. Shanik is an open-minded and open-hearted individual, whose...
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Shanik is a certified teacher from Mexico, with 12 years of hands-on teaching experience. Shanik is an open-minded and open-hearted individual, whose passion includes traveling around the world while teaching and researching. Shanik has worked extensively with children of all ages, and his thirst for knowledge reflects on his students, which makes learning with him a wonderful experience. Only excellent teachers can brew up curiosity in students.

Solange Mendy

Junior Innovators Course Senior Entrepreneurs course
Solange lives and works in France, where she obtained an MBA in E-Marketing and E-Business Management. She is passionate about pedagogical innovation and...
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Solange lives and works in France, where she obtained an MBA in E-Marketing and E-Business Management. She is passionate about pedagogical innovation and mobile development. Naturally curious, she loves to learn and then pass on to others what she has learned. After a multi-tasking position in Internal Marketing, Solange moved on to Web Development and Instruction, and she now successfully teaches web development to children and teenagers. In her free time, Solange likes to learn Japanese and explore the intricate Japanese culture.

Fabián Alonso

Sophomore Developer Course Senior Entrepreneurs course
Fabián is a Biotechnology and Software Engineering graduate from Mexico. His excellent people skills, great sense of humor, and continuous drive for...
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Fabián is a Biotechnology and Software Engineering graduate from Mexico. His excellent people skills, great sense of humor, and continuous drive for improvement have led Fabián to excel in every role he has undertaken. His career has been a triple path of managing a variety of departments, teaching, and perfecting his programming skills. Fabian's teaching methods include connecting on a personal level, making it fun, and putting everyone at ease.

Cinthya Nestor Lili

Senior Entrepreneurs course
Cinthya is a motivated educator from Mexico, with an MA in Quality of Education. The bulk of Cinthya's career has been dedicated to working as a professor...
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Cinthya is a motivated educator from Mexico, with an M.A in Quality of Education. The bulk of Cinthya's career has been dedicated to working as a professor at the UMAD University, where her tasks extended from teaching to managing and creating educational material. She has avidly taught a diverse population of students, from children to adults. Cinthya strongly values the power of education, and her drive and commitment continuously inspire her students.

Andrea Orellana

Sophomore Developer Course
Andrea is a fully bilingual, Modern Languages graduate from Venezuela. Teaching, writing, and promoting the importance of education have been the main...
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Andrea is a fully bilingual, Modern Languages graduate from Venezuela. Teaching, writing, and promoting the importance of education have been the main principles on her agenda. Andrea's passion and love of teaching reverberates throughout her career, so it is no wonder that Andrea chooses to engage in education.

Robin Anna Pernice

Sophomore Developer Course
Robin Anna Pernice is an Italian-American currently living in Belgium. Her diversity extends from her personal background to her professional abilities....
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Robin Anna Pernice is an Italian-American currently living in Belgium. Her diversity extends from her personal background to her professional abilities. Robin has solid experience as Trainer, Program Manager, Change Manager, and Marketing Manager. As a talented Change Manager, her strengths include evaluating and implementing necessary organizational changes in companies. Robin has successfully helped numerous satisfied clients increase their sales revenues, all the while ensuring employees adapt to the restructuring with ease and efficiency.

Jessica J. Roehrig

Sophomore Developer Course
Jessica is an American MA graduate and adventure seeker, who has been travelling through Asia, Europe, and Latin America, educating children and adults...
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Jessica is an American MA graduate and adventure seeker, who has been travelling through Asia, Europe, and Latin America, educating children and adults from diverse backgrounds. A master at conducting technology workshops for both large audiences and one-on-one, Jessica excels at engaging her students in the material by making it approachable and easy to comprehend. Jessica's skills also include training and mentoring, while encouraging academic development.

Jennifer Amor

Junior Innovators Course
From one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto, Canada, Jennifer's excellent communication and interpersonal skills can overcome any culture...
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From one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto, Canada, Jennifer's excellent communication and interpersonal skills can overcome any culture barriers. Although originally a Neuroscience and Psychology graduate, Jennifer has been teaching and instructing children and adults in various fields for 18 years. Jennifer's excellent technological orientation, combined with patience, sensitivity, and effective communication skills, ensure a fun and productive learning experience.