Why We Created Momentum
Momentum was founded to provide relevant training to students focusing on the skills they’ll need for the technology industry and modern workplace. We provide full-time immersive code classes for the career changer, part-time classes for the tech professional, and customized training for organizations.
Learning is a lifelong process. Momentum believes that all people have the ability to learn and, in turn, deserve a high quality education experience — because knowledge has no finish line.
Meet Our Staff
Jessica began her career in tech at Red Hat’s corporate headquarters in Raleigh where she served in several roles for the company’s “People” team, working in talent acquisition, support, and development.
Jessica began her career in tech at Red Hat’s corporate headquarters in Raleigh where she served in several roles for the company’s “People” team, working in talent acquisition, support, and development. This experience was formative for her understanding of how tech talent training and economic development initiatives intersect. She joined the Durham startup community in 2014, and she held integral leadership roles growing and developing transformative tech education. Since then, she’s been at the forefront of the ed tech industry as an executive, spokesperson, and a founding member of The Iron Yard, one of the first national code schools. Jessica has spoken at SXSW Interactive, appeared on national TV, and worked on White House initiatives to expand access to tech education. She has also contributed to CIO magazine. Locally, Jessica was awarded the Triangle Business Journal’s 40under40 honor. She’s been a panelist for the NC Emerging Issues Forum where she spoke on New Delivery Models for Higher Education and has served as a panelist for the NC Women in Business conference.
Co-Founder/CTO & Instructor
Clinton has been a professional software developer for twenty years with work at organizations such as the NSA, Boeing, RTI International, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in addition to boutique development shops.
Clinton has been a professional software developer for twenty years with work at organizations such as the NSA, Boeing, RTI International, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in addition to boutique development shops. He has also been a speaker at conferences such as OSCON, RailsConf, and DjangoConf, and has served on program committees for several conferences. He is a recipient of the 2015 Code for America Technology Award for his work on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first open-source project. Clinton has worked in the Ed Tech space for several years. He’s built industry-tailored curriculum, taught in immersive code school environments, and has worked with companies to train their teams. He was a founder of ClojureBridge, an initiative to teach the Clojure programming language to women and other under-represented groups in technology. Clinton has been a contributor to many open-source projects, including the Python and Clojure programming languages. He has been awarded "Dad of the Year" 6 years running now by his two kids.
Student Recruitment Manager
Sam's background is in the IT staffing industry where she supported companies of many sizes and industries.
Sam's background is in the IT staffing industry where she supported companies of many sizes and industries. Her responsibilities as both a recruiter and account manager opened her up to the world of technology and connecting professionals to new opportunities. Sam’s experience demonstrates her passion for building relationships and helping to connect people to their dream opportunities. Sam's enthusiasm for relationship building along with her experience in IT recruiting led her to the student recruitment role with Momentum Learning. She loves to share her excitement for lifelong learning and the mission of Momentum with prospective students and others in the community. When she’s not working, Sam is involved with a local foster organization helping to connect shelter pets to their fur-ever homes.
Dawn is a NC native and long-time proud Durham resident. She has a wealth of experience in education from teaching to higher education administration.
Dawn is a NC native and long-time proud Durham resident. She has a wealth of experience in education from teaching to higher education administration. A career changer herself, she’s enjoyed careers in client service management in a variety of industries, as well as nearly ten years as a real estate broker in the Triangle area. Dawn earned her Masters of Education in Postsecondary and Higher Education, focusing on adult learning. Dawn excels at building trusting relationships and helping individuals identify and achieve career transition goals. Her previous experience and longtime love of our region brought her to Momentum. On a personal note, Dawn loves cooking, knitting, travel, family and friends, and her precious pup, Roxie.
Rebecca made the career switch from education to software development in 2014 by attending Durham’s first immersive code academy.
Rebecca made the career switch from education to software development in 2014 by attending Durham’s first immersive code academy. Since then, she has worked as a Django developer, served on the Board of Directors of the Django Software Foundation, and spoken at Python and Django conferences across the U.S., Europe, and Africa. Rebecca holds Master’s degrees in Education and Business, and is passionate about the intersection of education and entrepreneurship in empowering people and promoting social change. She is happy to be back to her roots as an educator, helping Momentum students launch promising new career paths. Rebecca is a tap dancer and teaches dance in the Triangle. Her biggest joy as an educator is helping students find their own strengths and tools for success.
Board of Directors
Adam Klein is the Director of Strategy for Capitol Broadcasting Company. He previously served as the Chief Strategist for the American Underground.
Adam Klein is the Director of Strategy for Capitol Broadcasting Company. He previously served as the Chief Strategist for the American Underground. Adam led the American Underground’s growth from 35 companies to 275, forged a world class partnership as a Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub and pioneered nationally recognized programs designed to foster diversity and inclusivity. Adam brings a broad perspective of the local tech ecosystem to the board. He also cares deeply about growing an equitable landscape for people of all backgrounds to thrive in the tech industry.
Dr. Doug Kaufman is an experienced leader, entrepreneur, and has served as TransLoc’s CEO since June of 2014.
Dr. Doug Kaufman is an experienced leader, entrepreneur, and has served as TransLoc’s CEO since June of 2014. Under Doug’s leadership, TransLoc established itself as a market leader for on-demand microtransit solutions, a position that was noticed by Ford Smart Mobility, who acquired TransLoc in early 2018.
Prior to joining TransLoc, Doug founded several companies, including clearTXT (acquired by Rave Wireless), which provided mobile communications for colleges and universities, and Spring Engage (formerly Spring Metrics), a behavior analytics company. While working on his PhD in Social Psychology, Doug created AlleyDog.com, an educational resource that is currently being used by millions of students as an essential e-learning resource. Doug was also an early team-member at Blackboard where he played an integral role in deploying several key initiatives, which firmly established the company’s flagship e-learning platform.
Doug is also a prolific public speaker and angel investor.
Chris is one of the nation's leading experts in startups. For over 30 years, Chris has worked at the highest levels for some of the world's most recognized brands, including MapQuest, where he was a founder and leader until it was sold to AOL for $1.2 billion.
Chris is one of the nation's leading experts in startups. For over 30 years, Chris has worked at the highest levels for some of the world's most recognized brands, including MapQuest, where he was a founder and leader until it was sold to AOL for $1.2 billion. Chris is the author of "Build the Fort." He currently lives in Durham and travels the country with his work at TechStars.
Part Time Instructors
Amy is currently a Web Developer for CCI Communications. Her non-traditional path into the tech industry makes her a great example of the kind of person Momentum was created to serve. With a PhD in English Literature, she began her professional career as an academic, working with undergraduate students. Amy is a graduate of Durham’s first immersive code academy. She has been a software developer since 2015 and wrote the curriculum for the Foundations course.
With a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Brad has worked as a software developer for 8 years, with experience in embedded systems, healthcare analytics, databases, websites, and mobile apps.
Before working as a Software Engineer at VitalSource, Brentice comes from a background in Math Education from NC State with experience teaching high school math and web development. He’s excited to be back in the classroom and always looking for an opportunity to learn.
With a degree in Business Development and Entrepreneurship, Chance found his way to the American Underground where he’s currently a partner at Sturdy. He has several years of experience as a designer and software developer, and he’s ready to share his knowledge with others in the classroom.
Zack is a software engineer at EASi Engineering, and became a developer after completing an immersive coding bootcamp. He is excited to combine this experience with his background teaching high school and college English in teaching others to code.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Our ambassadors are a community of peers eager and willing to support our current immersive students. They understand and are excited by the transformative impact of skill-based education as each of them has lived it through their own journey in code school and in tech. These passionate people will meet with prospective students, teach free community crash courses, and tutor existing students. We will gladly connect you with an Ambassador if you'd like to hear their perspective!
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