Kamel Rushaidat comes to Grand Circus with over 10 years of experience in teaching and a PhD in Computer Science from Wayne State University. He likes teaching people how to program and how to become good coders, a love that he first developed while he was still an undergrad. Even though his thesis focused on the High Performance Computing, Kamel is also a whiz at Java and .NET. His motto? “Just Google IT!” Kamel likes watching movies, playing basketball, going on cross country trips, building models and robots, and consuming large amounts of fancy chocolate.
Peter comes to Grand Circus with well over a decade of experience teaching Java and his M.Ed in Instructional Technology. Having spent more years in high school than any sane person would, he finally graduated to teaching adults. He has taught adjunct graduate courses at Wayne State University and at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, as well as classes for Lawrence Technological University and the Focus:HOPE Center for Advanced Technology. What he loves about teaching at Grand Circus? The lack of parent phone calls but misses giving detentions. Outside of work he loves to build Lego projects (robotics and otherwise), play with Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects, and has led the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy robotics team to nationals.
Jeseekia is an engineer, full-stack developer and lifelong Detroiter. Jeseekia began her journey into programming with C++ at Wayne State University. After deciding she would never program again, a few years ago she was sucked back in with Grand Circus’ Intro to Web Development class where she became enamored with development. As graduate of Square’s Code Camp as well as Grand Circus’ own Java bootcamp, she sits on the board of Girl Develop It, Detroit where she is also a much-loved instructor. Her passion for exposing minorities to the many STEM fields inspired her to serve as a Regional Vice-Chairperson, National Executive Board member, and Site Director for the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids all with the National Society of Black Engineers. Jeseekia is always down to talk about comic books, gaming, and loves to avoid singing with Kim and Aisha.
Antonella is a graduate of the Grand Circus Java Bootcamp, where she found her true passion in all things tech. Antonella is a Bizdom graduate, ran her own startup, and worked in the IT industry. These experiences pushed her to have a desire in helping others understand the wonderful opportunities in the tech industry, and to teach people how to code. Antonella is passionate about helping to revitalize the city of Detroit, and she truly believes that anyone can learn to code!
Voted most likely to be a cult leader in High School but lacking the charismatic personality required for a cult leader, Maurice decided to pursue a life of tech by programming computers, building electronics, 3D printing stuff and creating robots. He is the beloved teaching assistant of Grand Circus’ Java Bootcamps, and also an entrepreneur who has started many startups that never started up. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Masters Degree in Computer Science. His three happiness factors are coding, science fiction and bar music.
Kim is our Director of Learning. She comes to Grand Circus from New Hampshire where she got her Masters degree in Education. Kim leads the Learning Team at Grand Circus through an obsession with feedback, a knack for instructional strategies, and randomly breaking out into song. You can find Kim walking her dog in downtown Detroit or shaming students with love at the Community Table.