{ 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 two other web development bootcamps. Over the course of the last 4 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.

Joel Burton

VP of Education

Teaching Background   Developer Background

While I studied Computer Science for my undergraduate degree, my first career was in teaching health education. I’ve been teaching application development for over 10 years, both independently and as part of academic programs. I led the development and teaching programs at Hackbright Academy, where I was the Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer.

I’ve been a software developer since the 1990s, focusing on security, big data, and web application engineering. Early in my career, I worked at Apple, then at Planned Parenthood, and had a career consulting on application development, focusing particularly on Python and open source web frameworks.

Nate Lipp

Instructor / Software Engineer

Teaching Background   Developer Background

Prior to coming to San Francisco I worked seven years as an English instructor and co-founder of an after-school academy in Seoul Korea. During these years I spent much of my free time learning to code and was always interested in different approaches for delivering technical content. I came to the Bay Area to be among the top lecturers in tech, first as an instructor at App Academy and later joining the Rithm team.

My first substantial coding experience came while building a website connecting ESL students with teachers online. We originally relied on a handful of SaaS platforms to handle things like scheduling and billing. I began to code out of curiosity and to rewrite the site with more advanced functionality. Eventually my focus switched entirely to building web applications in multiple languages and frameworks.

Brittiany Juravic

Instructor / Software Engineer

Teaching Background   Developer Background

Throughout my career in higher education, I created and updated training materials on a variety of topics and conducted classroom and virtual training to hundreds of colleagues. After making a career pivot to tech, I jumped at the opportunity to become part of Rithm School’s instruction team. I spent a year as a teaching assistant, shadowing and learning from our very best educators and have since become an instructor.

I spent almost 10 years as a higher education professional before learning how to write a single line of code. My interest in development began at UC Berkeley where I managed the Federal Work-Study Program. I served as the functional expert for the program, but over time I became increasingly fascinated with the technical side of the program. I became curious about coding and began teaching myself JavaScript in my spare time and eventually decided I wanted to learn how to design and build web applications. I joined the full stack web development program at Rithm School and have been building ever since!

Spencer Armini

Teaching Assistant / Software Engineer

Teaching Background   Developer Background

Prior to joining Rithm, I spent a meaningful amount of my career in healthcare helping others understand a variety of topics, from complex operational processes to inclusive care practices. I've always enjoyed being a source of positivity and encouragement while helping folks learn new concepts and work through tough problems. I aim to teach with equal degrees of enthusiasm, collaboration, and dumb jokes whenever possible.

During my time in the healthcare space, I decided to learn a bit of SQL to boost my productivity in my role. Fairly quickly, I found that writing queries to answer complex questions had become my favorite part of my job and I began to wonder about what else I could learn. I then decided to dive head-first into software engineering via Rithm's full-stack web development program and had an incredible experience. Always curious to learn, I'm driven by opportunities to create social impact via well-tested code and thoughtful collaboration.

Colt Steele

Guest Lecturer

I'm a web developer with a serious love for teaching. I've spent the last few years teaching hundreds of people to program at immersive bootcamp programs like General Assembly and Galvanize. Most recently I’ve moved my teaching online with the launch of The Web Developer Bootcamp, Udemy’s highest rated web development course.

Zach DeRossette

Career Coach

We spend so much of our lives at work, yet many of us don’t enjoy what we do. This is what motivated me to become a career coach. The road to a fulfilling career is filled with many obstacles, and often people give up along the way. I love supporting people through this challenging journey and watching them land their dream job. Before career coaching, I worked in HR hiring people, so I’m able to use that knowledge to help people get past the roadblocks associated with starting a new career. When I’m not at Rithm, I am teaching at San Francisco State mostly focusing on motivation and how companies hire employees.

Anna Taylor

Academic Advisor / Software Engineer

Teaching Background   Developer Background

Before coming to Rithm School, I received an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a focus on education and the psychology of learning. After graduating, I worked with individuals with developmental delays as a case manager and skills instructor, and later, as a middle school English teacher. I’ve always had a passion for helping clients and students reach their goals, and enjoy supporting them along the way.

While working as a teacher, I started to spend my free time learning JavaScript and fell in love with coding. When I realized I wanted to share my skills in a more technical way, I made a career pivot and attended Rithm’s full-stack web development program. Along the way, I’ve enjoyed collaborating with other developers, and building full-stack applications that solve practical problems. I’m always finding fun, new ways to break (and fix) my code.

Sarah Stockton

Community Manager / Software Engineer

Teaching Background   Developer Background

I've taught learners from ages 4 - 84 for 20 years in a variety of settings: Wesleyan University, the public schools, 1-on-1 lessons, online and in-person seminars, and more. I earned my Masters in Education in 2012, and have written curriculum for every level from Kindergarten through college. While in the public schools, I led regional professional development days for music teachers from several districts, was the leader of my district's Professional Learning Community in the arts, and was a piloter and co-editor of some of CT's Common Music Assessments. I love working with curious people and helping them accomplish more than they thought possible.

The first program I wrote was in BASIC from a 3-2-1 Contact magazine when I was in middle school, and it definitely did not work. Soon after, I discovered the flute and got completely sucked into the music world until after college, but the ideas always fascinated me, and the curiosity stuck with me. Throughout my various jobs, I always volunteered for the techy tasks, hacked the CMS system in my school district to give my classroom page a unique look, and bought endless Udemy classes. Finally, in 2021, I made the leap and joined Rithm's 22nd cohort. I'm excited to build systems that will help Rithm conquer the world with its awesomeness!