Expert Instructors

Our instructors are all experienced developers who choose to teach our courses in the evenings, after finishing up their day jobs in the field. They live and breathe code and are enthusiastic about describing and teaching their craft to others.


Al Tyus
Al Tyus
Director of Mobile Engineering
at MakeSpace
New York City
After attending the Flatiron School, Al worked as a developer for MakeSpace and now leads a team there.
Andrew Jorgensen
Andrew Jorgensen
Senior Software Engineer
at Google
Boston
AJ lives and breathes code and has been doing it since high school. He also rides a skateboard to class.
Andrew Sun
Andrew Sun
Product Analyst and Engineer
at Venmo
New York City
Andrew is a software engineer with a heavy interest in analytics and a background in financial engineering.
Andy Tiffany
Andy Tiffany
Head of Product
at First Step Coding
Online, San Francisco
Andy is a teacher, creater, and engineer. He believes that anyone who can learn to read can learn to code, which lead him to founding First Step Coding.
George Cook
George Cook
Senior VR Developer
at TantaWowa
Online
George is a passionate and principled engineer who wishes everyone appreciated british humor.
Jake Holtz
Jake Holtz
Software Engineer
at First Step Coding
Online, San Francisco
Jake is a fullstack software engineer and Hack Reactor graduate with a background in analytics and e-commerce.
Kurt Mansperger
Kurt Mansperger
Former Technolgy Consultant
at Deloitte Consulting
Boston
After consulting for many years, Kurt realized how much he loved teaching and co-founded First Step Coding.
Shlomy Gantz
Shlomy Gantz
Software Consultant
at Twin Technologies
Online
Shlomy is a software development expert who loves teaching and keeps everyone engaged with his dad jokes.
Tate Thurston
Tate Thurston
Software Engineer
at VoiceOps
San Francisco
Tate is a true full-stack engineer who cut his teeth in biotech. He is also a Hack Reactor alumnus.
Tom Mollerus
Tom Mollerus
Principal Software Engineer
at Zaius
Boston
Tom is a technical leader, coder, and manager with more than 15 years of experience.