{ 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 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 haven't looked back since. 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.


Michael Hueter

Lead Instructor

Teaching Background   Developer Background

My teaching background is primarily in the form of teaching music for the past four years. I’ve taught guitar, bass, piano, music theory and composition - privately, for music companies, and in college, where I also led summer programs and took education classes. I also mentored junior developers at my previous company, and I am super excited to help Rithm students become great developers.

After moonlighting as a web developer for years, three years ago I started doing product management for an international economic data company based in Idaho. I completed a second bachelor’s degree in computer science from Oregon State and simultaneously transitioned to software engineering. My most recent role was full-stack technical lead for a product called Career Coach that gives students economic data to make an informed decision when picking a major and helps students find great jobs after college.


Kira Hernandez

Director of Growth

I have worked in immersive education for most of my career, and have experienced its efficacy firsthand. I have spent the past three years working on strategy and partnerships in the coding bootcamp industry. Prior to my transition into tech, I learned the ropes of immersion education 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.


Angelina Davis

Admissions Manager

Before Rithm, I spent nearly 2 years working in admissions at Hack Reactor. I recently joined the Rithm Team as their Admissions Manager, supporting students throughout the application and admissions process as they decide to take the leap into full-stack web development. I love working with students to help them meet their goals, and look forward to speaking with you!


Lorien Smyer


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 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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