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 Noah Albertsen!
Who/what inspired your career choice growing up?
When I was a kid, I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up, and to a certain extent, I still don’t! That being said, I’ve always loved technology, art, and design, and as I got a little bit older, I started to think a bit more seriously about what I wanted to do. In college I landed on computer science and haven’t looked back since. To me, programming is like a game or a puzzle, I’m always engaged, always trying to see how the next piece fits.
What has been the most rewarding part of working at CodeWizardsHQ?
Seeing my students truly understand the material and then turn the work into something entirely their own in a creative way is one of the best things to come out of working at CodeWizardsHQ.
What is your vision for the future of coding and kids?
I’d love to see more kids introduced to programming at younger ages because there’s nothing more creative or imaginative than a young mind. If we give them the right tools and teach them the skills to use them, there’s no telling what they’ll create or the big picture problems they’ll solve.
If you could have one teacher super-power, what would it be?
I wish I had the power to answer the questions my students don’t yet know how to ask.
What do you think is the most important thing about working with a company that teaches coding to kids?
For me, the most important thing about teaching kids to code is making a better future for everyone involved. By giving our kids the tools they need and the problem solving skills to use them, I truly believe we can code and create for a better world, together.
When you aren’t working, what do you enjoy doing?
Outside the “classroom”, I work on all kinds of different activities. In addition to programming, I’m also an artist. I start out my work with an algorithmically generated image and then translate that to a physical media through traditional printmaking processes such as etching, relief, collage, and mixed-media. You can see my work on Instagram @albertsenstudios or online at albertsenstudios.com. I also love hiking and walking the local trails, sewing and making my own clothes, and spending time with our three dogs.