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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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Nik Zetouni

Head of Operations

Nikolas Cavalheiro Zetouni holds a MSc in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology focused in Environmental Toxicology and a BSc in Biological Sciences.

 

For 8 years, Nikolas taught Sciences and Biology in his home country, Brazil, achieving 3 "Best Teacher Awards" in 3 different schools. Understanding how education can change people's lives, Nikolas founded and operated his own school for 3 years, preparing undereducated students for Brazil's university admission exams.

 

Once in Canada, he changed career paths and obtained a MSc in Medical Sciences, another passion of his. During his 4 years at the University of Alberta, Nikolas won 8 research presentation awards, acted as a formal mentor to new students, and participated in 2 teaching assistantship programs. After working in food analysis and oil and gas laboratories, Nikolas realized how much he missed education and put a lot of effort into going back to it.

 

Currently, he works for Coded Minds Canada, in Calgary, AB, as the Head of Operations. Whenever he has free time, Nikolas develops innovative in-person and online courses, curricula, acts as a subject expert in online delivery and creates engaging activities for Coded Minds' students.

Contact Nik at nikolas@coded-minds.org

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Lin Farnholz

Executive Director, Business Operations

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

 Area Manager, Operations

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

Area Manager, Programming

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.

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Ola Fasuba

Sales and Marketing Manager

Ola is a Sales and Marketing Professional and Wellness Entrepreneur. Ola holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology and a diverse scope of work experience spanning various sectors including: charities, insurance, financial services, and nutrition and fitness. Ola is passionate about personal development and making an impact in the world; in fact, she believes that is her purpose in life. Growing up as an immigrant and raised in a single parent household with three other children, Ola understands the importance of education and the innate ability it has to empower and elevate individuals beyond their circumstances. Her upbringing and personal mindset growth has made her who she is today. With over eight years of experience in Sales and Business Development, people often wonder why Ola chose a degree in Psychology. The reason is because Ola is enamoured with the intricacies of the human thought process. The edge Ola possesses is her eagerness to understand what the client’s wants and needs are and to deliver on them. Notwithstanding, her commitment to listening and solving problems. As the newest member to the Coded Minds Canada managerial team, Ola adds her impregnable leadership, speaking and presentation skills to the organization. She also brings her professional sales experience, marketing know-how and her ability to build lasting relationships to the Coded Minds organization in order to help expand Coded Minds territories and make an impact in more lives nationally and around the world.

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David Peachment

Social Media Specialist

David graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Business Management in Marketing. He received numerous awards for academic excellence given to the top 1% of students during his degree. In addition to his regular schooling, he also participated in multiple extracurricular activities such as involving himself in school marketing initiatives, being a student representative of the school academic council, and was a key member of the Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition Team. During the final years of schooling, David set up and designed his own Social Media Management Agency. While working in this agency, he assisted several clients in social media management and marketing, SEO, and general marketing strategy. He's joined Coded Minds to improve and grow his marketing skills and bring a level of specialization to their marketing efforts.

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Ronaar Qhreshi

iSTEAM Specialist

Ronaar graduated at Sir Winston Churchill, in the top 1% of his class, and has received Honors with Distinction for all semesters of study. Ronaar has over 2 years of leadership experience, having led his innovative start-up to global finals of the Launch X program, where he presented to a panel of experts and entrepreneurs at MIT university. A motivated member of his community, he launched a free online tutoring service to help match students struggling academically due to hardships caused by the pandemic with senior students looking for safe volunteering opportunities. With a passion for all things sports, Ronaar spends a lot of his time outdoors. Currently, he pursuing a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Bioinformatics. Ronaar has recently joined Coded Minds Canada to grow his leadership portfolio, and is excited to bring a fresh perspective to the company through his role in the various programs CMC has to offer.

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Zain Ahmed

iSTEAM Specialist

Zain Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto. His studies included mechanical, electrical, and software design for robotics applications. Zain has used his background in a variety of teaching capacities. He recently showcased these skills in the development of remotely controlled lab experiments for first and second-year physics courses at the University of Calgary. This initiative proved especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. Zain is now combining his robotics experience, interest in teaching, and love for children in his role as an iSTEAM Specialist at Coded Minds, in which he is developing science, computer programming, and robotics curricula for kids. He is guided by a quote adapted from the author Arnold Bennett: "Until we have felt the force of the knowledge, it is not ours." Zain believes in the fullness and dignity of children, and he makes sure he is learning just as much (if not more) from children as they learn through him.

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 su