{ We're not just developers; we're a team of veteran educators. }

We're a group of experienced educators and developers who love to teach as much as we love to code. After years mentoring students and writing curriculum, we know how to help students succeed.

our staff

Elie Schoppik

Co-founder + Lead Instructor

Teaching Background   Developer Background

Before founding Rithm school, I was a Lead Instructor at Galvanize and General Assembly. Over the course of the last 2 years, I’ve helped support hundreds of students through full-time immersive programs. I’m passionate about writing curriculum and teaching through examples to make complex concepts easily accessible.

As a self-taught developer, I’ve experienced firsthand the professional and personal growth that comes with learning how to code. I started exploring web development and just haven’t stopped. I’m a sucker for new technologies, but JavaScript is my first love. I’ve had experience working on a number of development teams and co-founded a startup in 2012.


Tim Garcia

Co-founder + Lead Instructor

Teaching Background   Developer Background

I’ve loved working with students since my days as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Georgia Tech. Computer Science is by far my favorite topic to lecture about, and I'm passionate about working with students one-on-one. I started teaching at coding bootcamps in 2013, and have worked at both Galvanize and General Assembly. At Rithm, I’m excited that our small classes will allow more opportunities for me to collaborate with students.

I built my first website in middle school (circa 1996), and I took every computer science class I could get into after that. I ended up with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in CompSci from UC Riverside and Georgia Tech. Right after school, I joined the development team at Amazon.com and spent five years there. By the time I left, I was the Lead Back End Developer for Kindle’s Cloud Reader and had interviewed over 150 developer candidates. After Amazon, I spent a year and half as CTO (Chief Technical Officer) at a small startup in San Francisco.


Matt Lane

Co-founder + Lead Instructor

Teaching Background   Developer Background

I’ve been involved in teaching and education for more than ten years. While a graduate student at UCLA I taught hundreds of budding engineers, and in 2015 I joined Galvanize as a Web Development Instructor. Working at Rithm is a great way for me to continue engaging with students and supporting them as they discover how the internet works. I also love bringing in my math background into the classroom - I have a Ph.D. from UCLA and a B.A. in mathematics from Princeton - and I'll eagerly go off on nerdy math tangents at every possible opportunity!

I wrote my first Python programs while in graduate school because my computer was much better at generating data for my dissertation than I was. I coded recreationally for a number of years and then moved gradually into a professional dev role in 2012. I spent three years as a front-end developer for Mathalicious, where I wrote thousands of lines of JavaScript to build interactive lesson materials for math teachers. In 2015 I joined Galvanize as a full-stack web development instructor, where I helped debug hundreds of student applications and taught students how to use Stack Overflow like champions.


Kira Hernandez

Director of Growth

I have worked in immersive education for most of my career, and have experienced its efficacy firsthand. Before joining Rithm, I spent nearly 3 years at Hack Reactor and the prior 4 years learning the ropes of immersion at an intensive Spanish language school in Santiago, Chile. I’ve worked on everything from strategic partnerships to scholarships to study abroad program management, and I love it all.


Janey Julian

Director of Operations

Student Services Background   Developer Background

In the past, I worked as a student service coordinator at a cooking school for home chefs in Berkeley. I am currently a Pro-Voice Peer Counselor and have a passion for counseling psychology. I'm excited to work with the team at Rithm to help ensure that every student has a phenomenal learning experience. There's nothing I'd rather do than support someone during a period of intense change and growth. As a bootcamp grad, I understand the effort and energy it takes to go through an intensive software development program. I’ll be around to offer any kind of guidance and support you need during your time at Rithm.

I started building websites for friends and colleagues in 2012 without any formal training. As my projects became more complex, I decided to enroll in a bootcamp to quickly develop my back-end skillset. In 2015 I enrolled in Galvanize’s 6 month program. After graduation I spent 3 months supporting students as a teaching assistant, where I spent a lot of my day reviewing code and debugging all the bugs.


Lorien Smyer

Chief Evangelist

Evangelism Background   Developer Background

My passion is for connecting people with information and resources. Initially, I began evangelizing for Women Who Code because their support was key in my own journey as a developer. I find that building connections with future students and company partners comes most naturally when I have a personal tie to the company I represent. That’s why it was so easy for me to sign on as Rithm School’s Chief Evangelist. I was a student in a program taught by Elie and Tim. I’m thrilled to be working with them in this new capacity.

I began studying Computer Science at an East Bay community college. I realized that I needed to ramp up my technical coding abilities so I signed up for Galvanize’s six month Web Development Immersive. My technical understanding makes me stronger in my capacity as an Evangelist and has been a major benefit in every project I’ve undertaken since my graduation in October of 2015.



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Whiskey is a dog. She likes tennis balls, cuddling, raspberry pies, and raspberry pis.

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