Andrew Bissland, Program Director Andrew has been managing daily operations at KidsTek for the past thirteen years. He leads a team of instructors teaching computer classes in the Denver, Aurora, Adams 12, and Jefferson County school districts. He has 25 years of experience in human services, working to improve the lives of children and families in underprivileged communities. He has managed several programs for children and teens in Colorado Springs and Denver. He has served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA; one in Michigan with an adult literacy program in 1994, and more recently in 2005 as a Team Leader with a group of VISTAs implementing service-learning programs in schools throughout Colorado. Andrew has a B.A. in Mass Communications and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Contact Andrew at: email@example.com
Meghan Lang, Program Manager Meghan joined KidsTek after working for two years as a 3rd Grade teacher. She taught in two different schools in the Denver Metro area, where she created long- and short-term lesson plans, worked to develop relationships with students, collaborated with parents and families, and managed many students at a time daily. Meghan graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. Since working with KidsTek, Meghan has provided program support to instructors at host schools in the Aurora Public School district. Meghan is thrilled to take on the new endeavor of being Program Manager and continuing to support students and instructors while she grows within the organization. Contact Meghan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Tow, Senior Instructor Emily Tow graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English Literature and Secondary Education. She previously taught middle and high school in the Des Moines Public Schools district. Emily currently teaches for KidsTek at multiple schools, working with kids in elementary through high school. She has also taught for KidsTek with programs like Career Connect and Aurora Youth 4 Success. She enjoys reading, cooking, and being a cat lady.
Michelle Lim, Instructor Michelle is a freelance web developer and educator. Over the past few years, she has had the pleasure of working with artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and community organizers to build websites, apps and online tools carefully designed for their needs. Michelle has been teaching technology at Title 1 Denver public schools since 2014, and creative summer camps at the Denver Art Museum since 2015. She loves to design and facilitate learning experiences that uplift and empower the next generation of creators and thinkers. With KidsTek, she will teach the spring semester Intro to Programming (Python) class at Aurora's Hinkley High School.
Kiki Andriani, Instructor Kiki previously taught for KidsTek eight years ago and is very pleased to be back on board! After helping in her children's classrooms when they were in elementary school, she decided to go back to school for teaching. She graduated from the University of Denver with degrees in Human and Mass Communications, and Gender Studies. She has also completed her graduate coursework in Linguistically Diverse education at Regis University. Kiki enjoys spending her time with loved ones, singing, dancing, yoga, meditation, teaching, tutoring, volunteering, learning, investing, traveling, cooking gourmet meals, nature, and staging homes.
Miriam Ben Abdallah, Instructor Miriam is a Pediatrician-in-Training currently doing research at Children's Hospital of Colorado. She had past experience with tutoring individuals and small groups. She loves working with children in all aspects of life and is excited to be a member of the KidsTek team. Outside of school and work, Miriam enjoys outdoor adventures including hiking, running, canoeing and listening to, dancing to or playing music.
Carl Giboney, Instructor Carl joins KidsTek after working 22 years for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources - State Parks as Chief Technology Officer. He graduated from Loretto Heights College and Denver Technical College. His experience includes managing and executing IT Project Management, computer programming, web development and design, and network operations. He loves working with children and is teaching for KidsTek at Aurora Hills Middle School and Aurora South Middle School.