Over the last 4 years, the Iron Yard has led the code school industry in preparing students for careers as software developers. The industry as a whole is still young and its leaders face the challenge of a nascent market, as well as the demands facing all institutions in the higher education marketplace.
In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts. We will finish out summer classes completely, including career support.
While our journey is coming to an end, we will always take pride in the thousands of people our staff helped to launch new careers.
Peter went to Vanderbilt University and studied computer engineering, which naturally led to him becoming an options executive on Wall Street. After several other successful startup exits, he moved his family to Greenville, SC, where he founded The Iron Yard.
Early in his career, Eric worked at a nationally renowned marketing shop, where he developed content, managed accounts and built strategies. He crossed paths with Peter as The Iron Yard was being born and jumped ship to join as a partner and head of marketing.
Sam Kapila is a designer from the Dutch island of Curaçao, who lives in Austin, TX. She taught design at Texas State and has been recognized by Good50x70, Poster4Tomorrow, CMYK Magazine, Art Director’s Club of Houston, and the American Advertising Federation.
A Religious Studies major from Raleigh, NC, Jessica stumbled into a career in tech working on the People Team at Red Hat. She is extremely passionate about the collision of education and technology.
Mike attended The University of Arizona and spent a couple of years in public accounting before founding a financial consulting firm and then several startups, eventually running an incubator and developing entrepreneurial curricula for young companies.
Mason was born and raised in Jackson, MS. He grew up in the woods and, as a result, likes animals, trees and beer. Like anyone with degree in philosophy, he has worked for small, boutique web shops, startups in San Francisco and everywhere in between.
Over the past 25 years, Mike worked in the services industry, growing into various leadership positions within the tech, financial and outsourcing industries. Mike is passionate about servant leadership and making a lasting impact on those who are looking to be challenged and pushed to think beyond themselves.
Drew graduated from Front-End Engineering class at The Iron Yard in 2014. Since then he has worked as a front-end developer for Ally Financial, Bank of America and the sole-developer for Socialtopias. He is passionate about his family, the outdoors and using his skills to help other people.
Amy Burka is a Greenville native. She is a graduate of Clemson University and The Iron Yard Greenville’s Front End Engineering course.
Ashley is originally from Kentucky, since then she has lived in Cincinnati, Orlando and South Carolina. She worked with Lowe's for 13 years, which helped her find her passion for human resources and lead her to The Iron Yard.
Paul is a Maryland native. He recently graduated from the The Iron Yard's Java course in Atlanta, Georgia. When he is not coding he enjoys video games, music and the outdoors.
Giovanni is an artist at heart, with extensive experience in UX design and front-end development. Giovanni helped establish the Converge SE web conference, and he wrote The Web Designer's Road Map for SitePoint Publishing.
Living in sunny coastal Florida, Brent brings over a decade of software engineering experience, having worked for Silicon Valley startups and large organizations alike. He oversees all engineering efforts at The Iron Yard.
Clinton is a 20-year veteran of the software industry. He's worked on everything from desktop applications in Tcl to front-end web development with React and D3 to data science with Python and R. He was previously an Iron Yard instructor.
Lauren was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She graduated from New York Law School and worked for a stint with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. In 2015, she joined The Iron Yard team to combine all her talents into a lean, mean, licensing machine.
Nicole attended The University of Kansas and is a true Jayhawk through and through. Nicole received her MBA from the University of Phoenix in May of 2010 and has 6+ years Administrative experience at the executive level.
A Michigan native and South Carolina transplant, Victoria has over a decade of marketing experience under her belt. Working from both the client and agency side of Fortune 500 brands.
Ashley graduated from Auburn University and joined The Iron Yard in December 2015. She most recently served as an Assistant Graphic Designer with Southern Tide in Greenville, SC.
Lelia left her Birmingham, Al. hometown to attend The University of Georgia. She graduated from the Grady College of Journalism, and later earned her MA in Communication from The Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte.
Rachel was born and raised in Greenville South Carolina. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of South Carolina and gained experience working in a public accounting industry prior to joining The Iron Yard in June 2016.
Josh studied Biological Sciences at NCSU before attending The Iron Yard and graduating from the very first Ruby on Rails course in Durham, NC. He has worked as a Software Developer at Validic and as a Software Engineer at Red Hat.
Matias graduated from Wofford College and The Boston Conservatory of Music, before completing the Front-End Engineering program at The Iron Yard in 2016. When Matias is not coding, her enjoys playing in musicals and operas in the Upstate South Carolina, running, cooking and spending time with his family.
An Atlanta-based software designer with specialties in UI design & front-end engineering. Starting in digital marketing design and followed running his own software consultancy, he now works with The Iron Yard building the online classroom experience. Andrew is interested in social inclusivity, design systems, and the outdoors.
After graduating from Clemson University in 2001, Chris worked primarily in financial management, accounting and operational roles. He then discovered Salesforce.com and worked over 6 years as an independent Salesforce.com consultant leading various deployments, end-user training and integration projects for mid-sized companies.
Originally from Newport News, Virginia, Watson attended college at Hampden-Sydney. After graduating, he spent 5 years in working in the admissions office as Assistant Dean of Admissions.
Rich has 20 years of experience in the Learning & Development industry, including owning/operating an IT Training company for nearly a decade. Rich is passionate about helping enterprises build and optimize their organizations to stay ahead of the rapidly changing technology curve, and developing solutions that solve real-world business problems.
Natalie joined The Iron Yard in November 2015 as one of our amazing recruiters. She comes to us from Vitamin T, where she served as Talent Expert/Recruiter.
Kristina’s professional career has spanned from education and bilingual services, to public television, creative direction, and strategic leadership. She is passionate about people and that has inspired her to become a leader who strives to build trust, motivate, coach, mentor, and advocate for positive change. When not at work, she loves to travel the world without a map.
Eric Schwartz is a Software Engineer with 15+ years of experience with a focus on writing software for the web. He has spent the last couple years honing his DevOps skills and pursuing his passion of sharing his professional experience with others as code school instructor.
Jason is a Certified Java Developer with 20 years of experience. He has both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Florida. Jason has worked in the Orlando Tech Industry for the last 18 years.
Nathan attended Florida State University. The last 10 years he has worked as a lead creative on brands like Hoover, Intuit Turbo Tax and Ryobi Power Tools. Now he’s head of the branding and creative efforts at The Iron Yard.
Mary Tyler is a Virginia native, where she grew up as one of eight Stackhouse children. After graduating from East Carolina University in 2014 with a degree in Sociology, she made a home in Raleigh and recently made the leap from IT staffing to the TIY Corporate Training team.
Danielle is originally from Dowagiac, Michigan, but has lived in Greenville for the past 6 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, but has always gravitated towards technology. Danielle graduated from the Back-End Engineering with Python program and is now working as an engineer for The Iron Yard product team.
Jason studied English and French at Furman University. He later joined Michelin where for nearly a decade where he headed up the online education platform and learning strategy for B2B partners.
Prakash is an industry veteran with nearly 14 years of Java experience; and over 20 years experience in IT. He enjoys simplifying and bringing clarity of complex topics in software architecture, design and programming using Java at The Iron Yard.
Lindsay graduated from Bryan College in Dayton, TN, she taught English as a second language in Seoul, Korea for 16 months. Discovering The Iron Yard’s Atlanta campus has become a catalyst for Lindsay to invest even more in the community.
Conor is originally from New Jersey, but has been living in Atlanta with his wife for the past three years. He worked in the hospitality business before attending and graduating from The Iron Yard.
Amanda is a University of South Carolina graduate. She has spent most of her career working for non-profits where she developed a passion for storytelling.
Trey is a South Carolina native and spent much of his high school and college years working in a CPA firm. He joined The Iron Yard in 2015 and has found a home for his passion of numbers and interest in seeing a start up grow.
Brandon joined The Iron Yard after several years in state government. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in political science and a minor in journalism and a master’s degree in political science from Auburn University at Montgomery.
In 2014, Tim relocated from Scranton to Atlanta and joined The Iron Yard as an Instructor. Two years later, he moved into his current role. Prior to TIY, he worked for startups, as well as both small and large agencies. He enjoys playing music, cooking for friends and exploring the South one whisky bar at a time.
Isaac came to The Iron Yard after working as a Real Estate Agent and Sales manager. When he is not coding, he enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music, reading and watching sports.
Isabel has degree in Art History and a MA in Museum Studies, but deviated into entrepreneurial waters by organizing two Startup Pirates accelerator programs that introduced her to The Iron Yard.
Imani is an education enthusiast and is passionate about providing new opportunities to people who want to change their lives and make a difference. When she is not working, she enjoys running professional track and field.
Lindsey is a Mercer University Stetson School of Business grad. She landed in Denver in 2012 where she recruited for DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., a Fortune 300 healthcare company. Being closely tied to her family, Atlanta ultimately called her home.
TJ Usiyan is a writer, musician, and developer interested in crafting interesting and artful things. One item of prominence is his extensive portfolio is that he developed the mobile app for Universal Studios.
Karly lived in and out of the country until college. She has a background in creative and technical writing, equipping women to launch and grow their own businesses, leading African explorations, and operating a small international jewelry business.
Courtney graduated from the University of Alaska with her MBA and set her sights on Austin, Texas to join the burgeoning startup scene. With a background in higher education, digital marketing and video game development, she brings with her a passion to help people tap into their hidden coding skills and into the world of tech!
Samantha graduated from Philadelphia University with a major in Marketing/Merchandising. Following some time in Mozambique creating a women's micro-credit program, she returned to Philadelphia working in non-profit development for a number of organizations.
Gil has a bachelors of science in Math and went on to get his masters in Computer Science. He has been a professional programmer for 25 years. In his spare time Gil is a big soccer fan and an avid poker player.
Ash graduated with a Masters in Higher Education and a Bachelors in Anthropology and is currently finishing up her Ph. D. in Educational Technology. Her career in technology began with working as a Trainer at Apple for several years and moving into owning a technology training, consulting, and web design business, AshTech Learning & Design.
Kaity majored in psychology at the College of Charleston. After graduation, she began a career in medical office management and fell in love with helping people. She’s now happy to be at The Iron Yard where she helps people achieve their career goals!
Chris is a Charleston native and graduated from SCAD with a degree in Visual Effects. Over the last 8 years he has built several video games, designed mobile applications and most recently developed educational platforms which drove his interest in helping new talent enter the tech industry.
A graduate from Clemson University and native of the South, Michelle has always enjoyed taking adventures and meeting new people. After a 7+ year career in the events industry, she looked for her next big adventure and challenge - in came The Iron Yard!
Luke earned both his bachelors and masters in computer science, but has also been an avid side project enthusiast since graduating. During grad school he taught a course for budding computer scientists and realized how accessible and fun coding could be for others and has been excited about it ever since.
Oliver is a graduate of the The Iron Yard Raleigh’s iOS course and is originally from Durham, NC. When he’s not writing Swift code or on campus in Charlotte, Oliver can usually be found at at the nearest brewery, basketball court, or sizable body of water.
Ben is coming to The Iron Yard after a 6 year tenure in the web application development scene. Mostly recently a Tech Team Lead in a .NET development shop, Ben has experience working with mentoring and developing teams of developers. Ben has also worked on Java, node.js, and Ruby on Rails.
Douglas brings 16 years of professional back-end and front-end software development experience. He has worked for companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 50s. In his spare time, Douglas spends time with his family and continues to learn new things.
Having worked as a college and professional admissions officer, Colin enjoys playing an intricate role in the student experience. In 2014, he and his family settled down in Dallas, where he continues his tenure in the vast world of higher education.
Eric has been in software development for thirteen years and is active in the Dallas technical community. He is the author of Mobile ASP.NET MVC 5 (Apress, Nov 2013), and writes on his blog at ericsowell.com, and tweets under the name @mallioch.
Caitlin was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Roger Williams University. She started her career as a claims adjuster, and later moved into tech as a staffing specialist with a local Dallas firm.
Dana fell in love with North Carolina while studying Sociology at Salem College. Prior to joining The Iron Yard, she spent more than eight years in educational sales and support. Dana loves exploring the Durham food scene with her wife and son.
Eric is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from St. Vincent College with a degree in Sociology. He taught middle school math and acted as the athletic director before finding my way to The Iron Yard.
Amy arrived in the tech industry after graduating from The Iron Yard's very first cohort in Durham. She earned a PhD in literature at UNC Chapel Hill and served in higher education administration. Before coming back to The Iron Yard as an instructor, Amy worked at a local startup as a full-stack developer, with a primary focus in Ruby on Rails.
Kelly has been coding since she was 12 years old and has been immersed in tech and education since receiving her Master's Degree from North Carolina State University in 2013. After a stint in San Francisco's tech scene, Kelly moved back east to take advantage of Durham's bustling growth.
Nicole graduated from Appalachian State University where she studied Psychology and Health Promotion. She joined The Iron Yard from Red Hat where she was a Project Manager for their Total Rewards and Sales Enablement programs.
Faith is a graduate of Columbia College. She studied studio art, education and French – it was during this time that her passion for all of the above was truly ignited. She has since lent her skill set to classroom education, curriculum development, textile design, product development, and asset management.
Dan is an eCommerce web developer who works in Python. He wrote his first webpage in 1997, built metallica.com in 2011. He’s an ordinary guy with a degree in education who knows how to participate on a team to do the extraordinary.
Daniel was born and raised in South Carolina. After attending Clemson he worked and gained experience working in start-ups and with school fundraising. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his wife, Sarah and his dog, Edith.
With a Masters in Educational Management Brian has worked in education for 10 years with experience ranging from classroom teacher to campus administrator and everything in between.
Joe originally started working in student assistance dealing with entrance exams for graduate school. He has always had a passions for helping others find their calling and achieving their dreams. His love of tech brought him to The Iron Yard where he can use his passion to help people pursue a career in the tech field.
Christie graduated from The Art Institute of Houston with an AAS degree in Film Production and earned her BA in Communications/PR/Advertising with a minor in English from The University of Houston.
Chris Oakman has been writing web applications for over a decade, with a focus on front-end design and development. He has worked at several startups, as well as cPanel, PROS, and Cisco. He is the author several open source libraries and a regular speaker at user groups and tech conferences.
Before joining The Iron Yard, Mohammad worked as a lead mobile developer for Blinds.com, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, VALIC and AIG. He is a frequent speaker at tech conferences including 360iDev, IndieDevStock, 360iDevMin, Houston iPhone Meetup and Houston Tech Fest.
Jesse graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, has worked at startups and as a consultant, is an author, speaker, open-source contributor, and BBQ enthusiast.
Jay is a Detroit native with a passion for character, diversity and education. He is excited to use his sales, planning and customer service background to help people looking to change their career at The Iron Yard.
James is recent Iron Yard grad and former TA. When he’s not getting the word out about The Iron Yard, James can be found traveling, shopping or on the stage in Indianapolis’ Community Theater venue.
Edwin is a full stack developer who got his start at a small local company before moving on to become the VP of Product at a local start up. Before that, he spent a decade contributing to a large range of open source projects ranging from command line tools, networking libraries, small games, and compilers.
Jessica is an Indiana native and a graduate of Indiana University – Indianapolis where she studied Business and Organizational Leadership. Her background in education, corporate training and content management led her to The Iron Yard. She loves seeing others learning and achieving their goals.
Gargi holds a Masters degree in Computer Science. Before coming the The Iron Yard she worked for two years as a front-end developer and almost a year as an automation tester.
Brad comes from a background in financial services. After 6 years at a debt restructuring firm, he decided to join the tech culture and work at The Iron Yard.
Jimmy has a BS in Computer Science and 15 years of industry experience at Overstock.com, Zappos and startups. One of his favorite events is speaking at his daughters' Career Day every year.
Since 2009 Gabriel has been consulting tech startups. He has led transition of technology departments post acquisition, built and sold his own companies, and has been involved in opening some of the largest casinos resorts in the world, including The Venetian Macao.
Jaimarie was born in the Philippines and raised in Las Vegas. After working for eight year at Planet Hollywood, she decided to change her career and attend The Iron Yard. Jaimarie graduated from the Front-End Engineering program and is now working with assisting the Campus Director, Instructors, and students throughout Cohorts at The Iron Yard.
John is a New Jersey native and Rutgers University alumni who has spent three decades in the IT industry. His path to software development evolved to include everything from coding, configuring computers, and system administration for enterprise organizations.
Tanner was as a contract linguist for the government, working as a computational linguist and helped create phonetic and speech recognition software for speech pathology and language education. He continues to work with a side company where he is continually working on speech pathology apps.
Laura is originally from the Chicago area, but has lived in Nashville for the past three years. After graduating with a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs and Leadership from Grand Valley State University, she moved to Tennessee to pursue her passion of working in higher education.
Bethany spent her childhood in Houston before hittin’ the road for Nashville to study Entrepreneurship at Belmont University. Before coming to The Iron Yard, Bethany spent 7 years in the nonprofit world running financial literacy and work-force readiness programs.
Emily has been passionate about technology and education her entire life and is thrilled to help people pursue both at The Iron Yard. She is a graduate of The Iron Yard's Front End Engineering program and is always excited to talk to folks about the experience of attending an immersive coding bootcamp.
Margo is from Washington state wine country, grew up in the corn fields of Indiana, and moved to Orlando after college. She has been working in education and enrollment management for the majority of her career. Margo's professional mission is to help people improve their lives through education.
Ben grew up in Orlando, Florida and has been in tech of one type or another his whole life. When the iPhone was released, he began an ongoing exploration of Cocoa, Objective-C, and Swift. He’s worked for several different companies building iPhone and iPad applications.
Adam grew up in Minnesota before moving to Florida, where he attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His passion for education led him back to Orlando to join The Iron Yard to make an impact on the lives of its students and the local community.
Since 2004, Eric has worked in various aspects of adult education ranging from enrollment, marketing, instruction, curriculum design, faculty development, to academic administration. He has found that through all his experiences, nothing is more rewarding than contributing to the success of learners.
Doug Hughes is a programmer, polyglot, tinker, and autodidact. He comes to The Iron Yard after 10 years working as an independent consultant and owner of a boutique software consulting business. Through his career he has worked with dozens of companies.
Lexi comes from the fine arts and visual communications world and was a freelance photographer and designer in New York City before moving to North Carolina. She is passionate about storytelling and loves to create beautiful things for the Internet.
Heather came to The Iron Yard after gaining 12 years of experience working in proprietary education with Virginia College as an Admissions Associate and moving into a Director of Admissions role. She is excited to help others find the career path that is right for them.
Stacey’s journey started at Apple, where she completed a two-year leadership program and managed the Genius Bar support team. She discovered The Iron Yard during her time as Technical Director for a local web development agency.
Mark has seen success in both the government and commercial arenas of software engineering. Along the way, Mark has developed a passion for mentoring young, and ambitious talent and wants to bring new developers to the next level.
Jason’s been a Rubyist for about as long as anybody, founding the Tampa Ruby Brigade in 2006. After stints in academia, startups, and as a consulting freelancer, he has found great joy in mentoring and sharing the knowledge gained over his career.
Gavin studied mathematics and computer science in Rochester, New York and Management Information Systems in Tucson, Arizona. He has been writing software since programs were saved on tape and source code was printed in magazines.
A Michigan native and Florida transplant, Katherine is an Iron Yard Front-End Engineering Alumni. She hopes to use her experiences as a developer and former student to continue to elevate the experience at The Iron Yard Tampa Bay campus.
Holly graduated from the University of Florida, and explored Marketing and Tech. She found what she loved most was connecting people to their passions, and is excited to help students with their next career opportunity.
After receiving her MBA at the University of Tampa, Toni began to share the impact of how technology can help nonprofit organizations touch more people. Realizing the need for talented developers, she crossed paths with The Iron Yard who shares many of her same values.
Kayt graduated with Master’s degrees in both Museum Studies and History. She joined The Iron Yard in 2015 working at the Durham campus, since then she has worked at several other campuses before landing in Washington D.C.
Michele is a Higher Ed professional who recently relocated from Southern California to Washington D.C. She is excited to work in the tech industry and help people looking to change their career.
Michael has a Computer Science degree and over ten years of experience writing software. Working on Puppet – now used at Fortune 100 companies – ignited his career. Home has been Nashville, New York, and Tokyo. Practicing Japanese is part of his daily commute. Now in DC, he fulfills his aspirations of giving mentorship.
Russell has spent the last 10 years building businesses and helping others to grow. When not writing software applications or talking about space, Russell loves to go on trail runs and listen to his wife talk about Renaissance art.
A proud graduate of Hampton University, sherry traveled the country working for Fortune 500 corporations and large non-profits (P & G, Arrow Electronics, Inc., SHRM and the American Institute of Architects). After many years in HR & Diversity leadership, she is thrilled to land at the Iron Yard to help change the world the Iron Yard Way. Personal motto: Inspire and Aspire Greatness!