About

OUR MISSION

Jackson Kids Code is a start-up project in Jackson, MS. Our mission is to expand access to computer science through summer camps and after school programming opportunities.

We ran a two week camp last July as our first pilot camp. We are back again this summer with an exciting new curriculum for students to engage with!

OUR TEAM

Javier Peraza- Co-Founder of Jackson Kids Code

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Javier Peraza is a co-founder of Jackson Kids Code. Mr. Peraza is a former teacher at Murrah High School in Jackson, MS where he also coached Lincoln Douglas Debate for the Murrah Speech and Debate Team. He currently works for Mississippi Code Academy as an instructor.

Devon Cantwell- Co-Founder and Director of Instruction, Jackson Kids Code

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Devon Cantwell is the Director of Instruction for Jackson Kids Code. Her career in education has spanned over K-12 education, specializing in Project Based Learning, inquiry learning techniques, and education technology. She has designed courses for visual coding and robotics over the past year for implementation in schools and in after school programming. She is passionate about bringing coding opportunities to students in Jackson because of the potential it has to transform student learning. She has previously done work with Midtown Public Charter School, Teach for America-Mississippi, and served in Birmingham as a math teacher through Teach for America- Alabama.

Nicole Bishop- Advanced Track Course Instructor

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Nicole Bishop is a volunteer at Jackson Kids Code summer camp. She is currently entering her 4th year teaching high school math in the Mississippi Delta. This year she will be teaching her first AP Computer Science Principles course, the first of its kind at a Delta public school. In her spare time, she enjoys learning the basics of physical computing and coaching fast-pitch softball.

Christina Bernard- Advanced Course Community Coach

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Christina Bernard is a Jackson, MS native and a Belhaven University alumna. She is the founder of CCTD Institute, which focuses on redesigning the educational experience. As part of CCTD Institute, she has taught courses on Python and Korean Culture. She currently works as a Data Scientist.

 

Sasha Lewis- Peer Course Leader, Beginning Track

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Sasha is a rising freshman at Ridgeland High School . Sasha made all A’s honor roll all year; she was the salutatorian of her eighth grade class at Olde Towne Middle School. She was a member of TSA, her school debate project, and had interviewed health professionals for her projects. She won first place in Archery at the 2017 Madison county 4h competition and was part of the Robotics team there. Sasha has been part of the Beta club her entire middle school career as well as the Olde Towne Middle School State recognized robotics team. She won the Stem award for her team in 2017 and them led them to the state finals competition in 2018. Sasha has experience in programming in multiple computer languages and was also a part of the nationwide competition: Verizon App challenge in which her team won first place in the state of Mississippi and placed fourth in the entire nation. In her spare time Sasha lives to draw, write poetry, sing and play with Stormy, her tabby, who sleeps on her tummy and is usually found at her side when they’re both relaxing at home.