Bill Schaller is part of our Maker Team at Code & Circuit. Bill brings his background in software engineering, and his life-long love of robots, building, and tinkering to bear as works with students on their projects.
Bruce McBrien is a veteran teacher of over 20 years with the Amesbury School District as an Instructional Technologist, technology coach, and technology integration specialist. Bruce has been coding with elementary students for over two decades, and helping students discover that computers are not mysterious, just doing what they are told. Through Logo, and Microworlds, Bruce used the software with students to explore geometry and encourage critical thinking. With the advent of block programming like Scratch, he saw a world of opportunity open up and quickly realized that even his Kindergarteners could code. Now, Scratch is a core component of the instructional environment in his classroom, with more and more activities and projects evolving every year. Coding takes place in before and after-school programs in his classroom as well as here at Code & Circuit where Scratch, Robotics, Green Screen Video and Stop Motion Animation are just some of the activities enjoyed outside of school hours. Bruce is an enthusiastic advocate of coding for students because he feels it is the best venue out there for encouraging critical thinking, promoting problem solving and perhaps most importantly, developing perseverance in students. He looks forward to introducing many more students to programming, coding and exploring all things digital in the years ahead.
Dane Fawkes is part of our Maker Team at Code & Circuit. By day, Dane is a Project Manager at DEKA Research & Development. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering, business, and management.
Matthew Davis is a father of two and an Environmental Engineer. He has been writing code since he was 12 years old. He teaches the Introduction to Python Programming class.
I am a passionate educator who strives to provide students with meaningful, authentic learning experiences. As the Founder of Full Circle Classrooms, I run a project-based learning collaborative which embraces an emergent curriculum founded in students’ curiosity. My educational philosophy has developed over the past two decades, during which time I was fortunate to teach at all levels, primary through collegiate. My schooling included Bowdoin College, The University of Southern Maine, and The United States Sports Academy. Inspired by meetings with Sir Ken Robinson and Scott Barry Kaufman, professional development has focused on educating whole child, creativity in schools, and rethinking education. In addition to facilitating learning for students with a focus on 21st Century Skills, integrated curriculum, and differentiated instruction, I recently served as Team Leader for an XQ Super School Team. This movement, funded by The Emerson Collective, led us to selection as a finalist for $10 Million to Rethink High School. I work with local public schools on a volunteer basis to explore opportunities to implement project-based learning and create global connections.
Shawn is a MA certified Math/Science teacher currently teaching STEM at a local public middle school. He brings 15 years of teaching experience and working with kids to Code & Circuit.
Gail Ramsay is a K-12 Massachusetts certified Instructional Technology Specialist who coordinates and leads our K-2 level classes at Code & Circuit. With a Masters of Science in Educational Technology and 20 years’ experience as an educator, her enthusiasm is evident in her classes. Prior to her work in the schools, Gail earned the "Publishers Award" from the New York Times as well as the "Unsung Hero Award" for her work in the Northeast Region, deploying laptops to reps in the field and providing computer training. Currently, Gail works as a consultant delivering software training, and she is on adjunct faculty at the North Shore Community College, where she teaches enjoys teaching computer classes.
Steve is the PreK-12 Science Program Coordinator for Andover Public Schools. Over his 30 year career in science education, he has taught biology and life sciences at the middle and high school levels in private, public, and charter schools. He has an interest in international education and has taught as Fulbright Teacher in both Hungary and India. Steve is a National Board Certified Biology Teacher and is currently near completion of doctoral degree in science education at UMass-Lowell.
After receiving a degree in computer science from Wheaton College in 2000, Ken worked writing code for Avid Technology, and in 2002, co-founded software company Ecamm Network. Recognizing the need for mentoring and inspiration in the field of computer science, Ken founded Code & Circuit in 2014. Ken creates, teaches and co-teaches many of the Code & Circuit classes and programs. In addition to teaching computer science, Ken is passionate about nature, and supports land conservation as a board member of the Essex County Greenbelt land trust.
Christopher Bouton, Ph.D.
Dr. Bouton received his BA in Neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Dr. Bouton is the CEO of Vyasa Analytics, applying novel deep learning approaches for enterprise clients. Previously Dr. Bouton was the CEO of Entagen a software company founded in 2008 that provided innovative Big Data products including Extera and TripleMap. Entagen's technologies won numerous awards including the "Innovative Technology of the Year Award for Big Data" from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council in 2012 and Entagen was recognized as a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in the Life Sciences in 2013. Entagen was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2013. Prior to his role as the CEO of Entagen, Dr. Bouton worked as a computational biologist at LION Bioscience Research Inc. and Aveo Pharmaceuticals from 2001 and 2004, leading the microarray data analysis functions at both companies. In 2004 he accepted the position of Head of Integrative Data Mining for Pﬁzer and led a group of Ph.D. level scientists conducting research in the areas of computational biology, systems biology, knowledge engineering, software development, machine learning and large-scale ‘omics data analysis. While at Pfizer, Dr. Bouton conceived of and implemented an organization-wide knowledgebase called Pfizerpedia for which he won the 2007 William E. Upjohn Award in Innovation. Dr. Bouton is an author on over a dozen scientific papers and book chapters and his work has been covered in a number of industry news articles.
Since Benjamin Scherz received his M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education he has worked on the forefront of change in education as a classroom teacher for elementary age students, high school age Special Education teacher and as a literacy consultant in schools across America from Alaska to Florida. In addition Mr. Scherz has taught Masters level coursework at Merrimack College and Arizona State University as an adjunct faculty. Ben currently works in the role of Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Bay State Reading Institute where he specializes in building connections and establishing working partnerships with schools and research partners to advance the mission of the organization – to serve over 1 million students with the majority being high needs.
George S. Haight IV
George is an intellectual property attorney practicing in Boston. George’s law practice involves both the procurement and protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Before embarking on his legal career, George was a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin where he helped design, build and install air traffic control systems throughout the world. George received his engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. George graduated from the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).
Rachel Harris is a registered architect with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer science from Boston University. She did the interior design for Code & Circuit and enjoys helping with Intro to Computer Science and Scratch Club.