Meet Our Teachers

Each blue{shift} teacher goes through a rigorous application process to ensure all of our classes are led by driven, academically accomplished and inspiring teachers. Our teachers come from a wide range of diverse creative and technical backgrounds and are matched according to the age and interests of the students they teach.

If you have a question for any of our teachers, email us at hello@blueshiftcoding.com and we'll be happy to pass the message on.

All our teachers hold advanced DBS certificates.

Megan Benson

Academic Background: Goldsmiths, currently studying Digital Arts Computing

Specialisms: Currently interested in physical computing, particularly e-textiles.

   Favourite thing about teaching: Seeing just how quickly kids get the content; way faster than any of us would when we were that age!

Did you know? Megan loves to roller skate and used to work at a roller disco.

Diane Edwards

Academic Background: MFA Computational Arts, Goldsmiths & Ba (Hons) Fine Arts Edinburgh College of Art

Specialisms: Making things come alive with code through physical computing using sensors, motors and lights or screen based generative animation.

   Favourite thing about teaching: The excitement and enthusiasm of the kids!

Did you know?   Diane is a visual artist who also co-runs a gallery in Deptford.

Lloyd Harrison

Professional Background: Founder and CTO at a number of successful tech startups including Railbuddy and Fliplet. Has managed teams of product managers and developers specialising in mobile platforms.

Specialisms: iOS, Android, Javascript, Arduino and Electronics

     How he came to be a blue{shift} teacher: " I wanted to use my professional skills to help children develop their skills in what is such an important subject. blue{shift} allows me to do this."

Favourite thing about teaching:  "I really enjoy seeing children overcome obstacles and the surprise they have when they realise they can do it."

Christopher Moss

Academic Background: Philosophy at the university of Granada

Specialisms: Minecraft Modding/Redstone creations, JavaScript and CSS, Wordpress, Python.

  Favourite thing about teaching: Working with state of the art technology.

Did you know? Chris learned to sail at age 4!

Lisa O'Donnell

Academic Background: BA Fine Art, Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway, Ireland. MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London

Specialisms:  Scratch, robotics and animation

Favourite thing about teaching: Always being amazed by students' creativity!

  Did you know? Lisa is also a professional painter with her own art studio.

Nick Roach

Academic Background: Studied Philosophy at the University of Cambridge

Specialisms: I love teaching students how to make games with JavaScript, but also enjoy introducing new coders to the basics.

Favourite thing about teaching: Seeing students develop a genuine interest in programming.

   Did you know? "I'm really good at swimming underwater!"

Calum Bell

Academic Background: BSc (hons) from the Sound for Film, Television and Games program at Southampton Solent University

Specialisms: "My first forays into coding were through building DIY digital instruments on Arduino boards. Sound and music computing continues to be my passion, and my favourite projects to teach are those that make a racket!"

   How he came to be a blue{shift} teacher: "I previously worked as a audio post-production engineer in the film industry. I wanted to get into teaching coding because I love teaching and I love coding! I still keep a foot in the film production world and am always working on all sorts of sundry sound design."

Chris Ryan

Academic Background: BEng Yacht and Powercraft Design - Southampton Solent University, MSc Maritime Engineering Science - University of Southampton, PhD Naval Architecture - University College London (UCL)

Specialisms: P5.js, Bitsbox, Scratch

Favourite thing about teaching: Seeing students come up with changes and improvements to the code that I hadn’t thought of

   How he came to be a blue{shift} teacher: "I wanted to gain experience in teaching and show people how easy and enjoyable it can be to make exciting things with code"

Sam McGrail

Academic Background: Music Informatics at Sussex University

Specialisms: "I specialise in teaching with the LEGO Mindstorm robots and teaching 3D Printing"

How he came to be a blue{shift} teacher:  "After I graduated from University I started teaching coding on a freelance basis at schools in Camden through the 'Get Camden Coding' campaign."

Favourite thing about teaching? "Getting paid to play with robots and 3D print cool designs!"

Sajidah Akther

Academic Background: Computer Science at Goldsmiths, University of London

Specialisms: Designing and building software (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)

  How she came to be a blue{shift} teacher: "I think it is important to promote computational thinking amongst young children as this will enable them to solve complex problems in innovative ways."

   Favourite thing about teaching: Encouraging kids to code and bring their own creations to life.