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Instructors

Girls Code Savannah follows a mentorship model of instruction. Our Executive Director, Lesli Ott, is an experienced full-stack software developer and data scientist. She leads our curriculum development and also serves both as a lead instructor for Girls Code Savannah camps and classes as well as a teaching mentor for several high school and college students assisting with our program. These high school and college students, in turn, lead instruction for future Girls Code Savannah sessions.

As Girls Code Savannah participants move from middle school to high school, they have the opportunity to serve as instructors as well. This ongoing mentorship model allows young women to continue to pursue their passion for coding beyond their middle school years, while continuing to receive guidance from a seasoned female programmer.

If you are, or know of, a high school or college student who has experience or interest in coding and may be interested in assisting us with future Girls Code Savannah sessions, please email Lesli Ott atAll high school and college-level instructors are compensated for their time.

Lesli Ott, Executive Director & Lead Instructor

Lesli Ott

Executive Director

Lead Instructor & Teaching Mentor

Full‐Stack Software Developer

Zoe Chow, Lead Instructor

Zoe Chow

Lead Instructor

High School Student

Savannah Arts Academy

Carleysue Mayes, Assistant Instructor

Carleysue Mayes

Assistant Instructor

High School Student

Veritas Academy

Virginia Copeland, Assistant Instructor

Virginia Copeland

Assistant Instructor

High School Student

Savannah Arts Academy

Sheila Nguyen, Assistant Instructor

Sheila Nguyen

Assistant Instructor

College Student

Georgia Tech

Michelle Ngo, Assistant Instructor

Michelle Ngo

Assistant Instructor

College Student

Georgia Tech