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MEET THE TEAM

Coded Minds staff is diverse and rich, bringing the best of many cultures in educating your child(ren). Scroll down to meet everyone.

Head Office

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Lin Farnholz

Chief Operations Officer

For three years, Lin has been with Coded Minds Canada, encouraging growth and understanding in tomorrow's leaders. Through her efforts, Coded Minds has been able to build and maintain programs that exceed Alberta licencing standards.

 

From an educational standpoint, she has two Bachelor's degrees from Nipissing University. The first, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in English; the second, a Bachelor of Education specializing in primary/junior division, or K through Grade 6.

 

On the personal side of things, Lin was a full-time teacher and part-time after-school educator, but after the recession resulted in numerous cuts to the education industry, Lin sought a different kind of opportunity to continue encouraging growth in youth. This led her to Coded Minds, where her adaptability and problem solving skills have helped her grow in a company that she believes in and is passionate for.

 

She knows that a proper education with strong leaders is what this world needs, which has led her to believe another mantra: "We rise by lifting others."

Contact Lin at lin@coded-minds.org

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Tazeen Naveed

ELCC Operations Manager

Born in Pakistan, Tazeen moved to Ontario with her family in her early years. She has over 7 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education programs, as this is where her passion lies. She completed her diploma in ECE and worked with the YMCA of GTA Out of School Care programs for several years. After moving to Alberta in 2017, she realized that her experience and passion in ECE could be beneficial in a leadership capacity and she actively started pursuing it. She successfully ran a childcare program for a multinational educational conglomerate, until the Alberta recession pushed corporate to close their operations in Canada. She joined as a Program Supervisor at Coded Minds in 2019 and successfully integrated structure, enhanced quality and achieved program goals through dedication and commitment with her team and is very excited to have taken on the role of Area Manager this year. She always knew that working with children was her passion and therefore chose Early Childhood Education as her career path. In all her experiences in ECE, she endeavors to continuously provide exceptionally high-quality programs to foster a lifelong passion for learning and growth of our future leaders. She firmly believes that educators are an integral part of children’s lives, and the connections they build with students have the capacity to be the most memorable and influential in their lives. Outside of work, Tazeen is passionate about travelling and exploring new places, reading, and continually learning about the science of nutrition and active living.

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Lucy Mills

ELCC Area Manager

I have done various things in my life but my last position before I left England was having my own practice as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Counsellor, of which I did have children among my clientele. I came to Canada from England in 2007 and did a full time 2 year diploma in Child Care Education. After I gained my Diploma, I became Director of Daycares with over 100 children and 23 staff. Due to various circumstances, I decided to run my own business for 5 years which I retired from this year. I love working with children and inspiring them to enjoy learning. At this age they are little sponges, with such wonderful open minds, that it is a real joy and so rewarding to offer them as many interesting opportunities to learn without them even realising it. I am very Reggio influenced and like to show children how wonderful their planet is and how to treat each other equally and with respect. This year I am very excited to take on the position of Area Manager, programing. I love working with children and ensuring we offer them as many aspects of education and life skills as possible so that they not open their minds to enjoy and have fun learning but to build them into the sort of people that we need to take us into a caring and happy 21st century.

Banting and Best

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LiJun Zhou

Supervisor

My name is LiJun Zhou. I have a B.A in Developmental Studies from University of Winnipeg in Manitoba. I learnt the big impact of quality child care and education programs on human development, family stability, and community well-being. In addition, I am a certified early childhood educator level 3 with four years of experience in child care centres. I was responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of children; helping children develop social skills, and encouraging children to explore their interests. I love working with children, it is my joy to see children grow and develop. I would use my care and my knowledge to enhance children’s interests, as well as assisting their families. I am excited to be part of the team, I am looking forward to learn and assist children with my knowledge; to provide children a fun and learning  experience.

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Kelly Minchin

My name is Kelly and I have a level two certificate and a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Lethbridge. I was born and raised in Calgary. When I'm not at Banting and Best school you will probably find me playing or watching sports. I have played soccer for 16 years and still love to kick a ball around. I am a Calgary Flames fan and a diehard Saskatchewan Roughriders fan!! I also really love spending time with my family and friends. I am really excited to be a part of Coded Minds and to work with the amazing staff and children we have in our program!

ELCC Educator

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Alexssa Villanueva

Hi, my name is Alexssa Villanueva. I am very excited to be here and be part of an amazing program at Banting and Best. I have my Level 1 in Early Childhood development, my first aid and 4 years of experience working with kids. I am from Chile and speak fluent Spanish along with English. I have worked with all ages of children and loved each experience.

ELCC Educator

Eric Harvie

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Asma Shahzad

My name is Asma Shahzad and I did my bachelors degree in Fine Arts. Having over Nine(9) years of experience working with Calgary Board of Education in various roles, I love working with kids at various levels. For over Two(2) years at Coded Minds as an ELCC educator, I am excited to return this year as a program supervisor where I'll look forward to helping kids learn and grow through trusted relationships and fun activities with the help of my team and support from parents and family members.

Supervisor

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Sarvpreet Rattan

Hi everyone, I am Sarvpreet. I moved to Calgary in October 2020. Before that, I was in Saskatoon and had spent almost nine years there. This is my first year of working with Coded Minds. I was born in India and came to Canada in 2011. I have nine years of working experience with children ages 18 months to 12 years. I really enjoy baking, cooking, gardening and yoga. I like spending time out in nature with my children. I am also fond of watching cricket and hockey games. I love kids and it fills my heart with joy to watch them grow. I believe children are our future. I feel very privileged to be joining this amazing team of educators and to facilitate growth and learning for the children.

Assistant Supervisor

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Miriam Ghebrehiwet

My name is Miriam Ghebrehiwet, and I am originally from Eritrea, East Africa. I am married and have two kids. I moved to Canada in October 2016, and now I live in the NW Dalhousie community with my husband and my children. While in my home country, I completed two certification programs: secretarial science and office management, and the second one was supply chain management. I worked as an executive secretary in civil service administration in Asmara, Eritrea, for around two years. I moved to Calgary, and I worked with children ages six to eight for four years in my community church as a Sunday school teacher. From that time on, the notion of being an early childhood educator comes to my mind, and I accomplished the level two certificate. Currently, I am working for level three, and I am in the second-year program. I love working with kids and making a difference at an early age. I believe that children are mighty learners, so I want to assist them by being alongside them. In my free time, I like to listen to TED-Talk, and watch TV I enjoy playing with my kids, usually outdoors. I like drinking traditional coffee with my family and friends.

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