Teaching on OpenClassrooms

I'm an American artist who ended up in France, teaching people how to code. How'd that happen?

I studied art and architecture at Brown University (B.A.), Sotheby's (M.A.), and Université Paris-Sorbonne. Art had always been my thing, and I'd never really thought past it!

I started exploring tech while writing my master's thesis and working full-time at Kickstarter with artists and makers. It felt important to understand how a platform that enabled such creativity worked behind the scenes, so once I submitted my thesis, I filled my nights and weekends with learning to code. I dove into coding so fervently that I eventually moved to the Kickstarter engineering team full-time. You can read more about this transition from the arts to coding in this interview.

Coaching at Rails Girls in Helsinki

Coaching at Rails Girls in Helsinki

At Kickstarter, I developed a passion for translation and international experiences online. For a company Hack Day, I even built a French version of Kickstarter called Kicksartre. This was a sign of French things to come!

After Kickstarter, I wrote Ruby code for Blue Bottle ("the Apple of coffee") in the Bay Area. I worked on cool projects like internationalization and site redesigns and enjoyed exploring San Francisco and Oakland.

I then moved to Paris, France, where I've taught more than 150,000 people how to code and design in English and French at OpenClassrooms, Europe's largest online education platform. I'm also the director of Women Who Code Paris and have spoken at various meetups and at Google about education and technology. You can read about my life as a teacher in this Le Monde article (in French) or in my Medium post (in English).

Speaking at Google

Speaking at Google

My whole career has been spent in tech, not despite my arts background, but because of it. Creativity and technology can go much further hand-in-hand. Learning is also the bomb, so bringing all sorts of people into tech is my favorite part of what I do. This is the best way we can make sure tech solves more problems than it creates.

Outside of work, I love running, being outdoors, hiking, camping, dancing, drawing, cooking tasty vegan food, writing nice cards and letters, and reading one book per week.

Let me know how you think we should work together!

Emily is a resourceful, creative, and empathetic engineer, and an all-around great human being to work with. Her work is always grounded in solving clear problems experienced by people, whether that’s an internal tool to help her co-workers, or a user-facing tweak to ease a frustrating workflow. She also has a passion for education and demystifying software development. As a manager, it’s hard to ask for more.
— Brett Camper, Head of Product at ACLU, former Head of Product at Kickstarter

Emily est une personne brillante, dotée à la fois de capacités créatives, d’écoute et d’analyse. J’ai été amené à recruter plus de 100 personnes pour OpenClassrooms depuis sa création en 2007, et je peux confirmer que la combinaison de ces compétences est très rare chez une personne. Ses compétences, tant techniques qu’humaines, ne font aucunement débat au sein de notre société.
— Mathieu Nebra, cofounder of OpenClassrooms

Emily understands complex problems and always brings great solutions to the table. She’s open-minded and embraces the Agile way of doing things. Additionally, she’s enthusiastic, motivated, and great to be around. She’s a hard worker, learns quickly, and is skilled in many areas, whether she’s working on them directly or helping others learn. Emily is definitely the kind of person that you want in your team.
— Romain Kuzniak, CTO at OpenClassrooms

Emily was of great help and inspiration to me. Working in highly engaged teams is great - if your team members are truly on the same motivational, personal and team-oriented ethic as you are - which describes what working with Emily is like. She is smart and gets things done but her most rare trait is that ability to make an entire team feel her enthusiasm to achieve a common mission together.
— Patrick O'Malley, Teacher at OpenClassrooms, former Head of Product at Yahoo!