About Teacher Spotlight: The concept of “students first” is at the heart of everything we are and do at CodeWizardsHQ. We know students learn best when they interact with a talented teacher. We conscientiously hand-select the very best coding teachers, ultimately hiring only the top 2% of applicants. Every month we go behind the scenes to tell you more about one of our amazing teachers. This month, we bring you Larry Cherry!

Who/what inspired you to become a coding teacher?

I have always enjoyed explaining how things worked and making a difference in someone’s life. When I started off in my coding career it only made sense to share my passion for code with others through teaching.  

What has been the most rewarding part of teaching?

Helping people reach the aha moment. When it just clicks for them and everything just appears to come together.  

What is your favorite project in the classes you teach?

I really enjoy teaching JavaScript and my favorite project is the Pokemon catch game from Intro_js.  

What is your vision for the future of coding and kids?

I know not all our students will become software engineers or web developers but my vision is that the students of today will be better equipped for the jobs of the future by being exposed to the wonderful world of coding.  

When you aren’t teaching, what do you enjoy doing (hobbies)?

I probably have too many hobbies, but my current hobbies include 3D printing, 3D modeling, reading coding books, working through Udemy courses, and from time to time playing some games on steam.  

If you could have one teacher super-power, what would it be?

To see code like Neo from the Matrix. It would just be so cool and I could say fun catchphrases like “There is no spoon”. A close second would be the power to make the perfect meme for every project.  

What do you think is the most important thing about teaching coding to kids?

It is not the code that matters but the way of thinking. Learning to code requires one to see things on a deeper level than most people normally do. We naturally make assumptions about many things and often times we miss the little things. By learning to code you learn how to break down complex problems into smaller chunks and that by itself is a superpower everyone could use in everyday life.  
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