The Code-it Hacks' team is as unconventional as our teaching methods and curriculum. We have put together a team with a holistic mindset. All our team members have sound teaching skills, technology skills and a deep understanding of child psychology. 

Being a Microsoft school, every member of the team goes through vigrous training and is required to attain the following technical certification where applicable:

  • Microsoft Innovative Educator

  • Teach Creative coding through Games & Apps


  • Raspberry Pi instructor

  • Python

  • Making with Microbits

  • Arduino

  • Makey Makey


Mandatory Pedagogy certifications in:

  • Amplifying Student Voice

  • Problem Based Learning

  • Digital citizenship

  • 21st century learning design

All our educators and mentors are required to regularly provide Vulnerability Sector Check & CPR certification.

Shirin Merchant
Program Director
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Shirin began her humble beginnings in the field of Data and Analytics as a consultant in Toronto. With over 20 years of experience in planning, architecting and delivering a wide range of data and analytics solutions along with managing teams of data scientists and engineers, she has now ventured off to tackle her toughest clients: Children!

Teaching digital literacy to youth has been a very rewarding journey for her. She believes in imparting STEM skills to her students in a play-based yet very practical manner. Using design thinking principles, students are taught the art of coding from ideation to implementation. From the basics of graphical coding to the more advanced discipline of Artificial Intelligence, children learn the foundational skills via play and then dare to imagine their own possibilities.

"In my classroom, we only follow one rule: we challenge ourselves to break them all - Any one can code, just bring your imagination!. "

Kainat Sajid
Lead Educator
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Kainat is an undergraduate student at York University, currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Having tutored from an early age, she is very fond of teaching and hopes to encourage children to let their curiosity guide them.


Kainat enjoys the visual arts and is fascinated by how programming has significantly impacted the industry. From stop motion animation to Virtual Reality, she is very excited to see what barriers technological advancements will break; and is even more excited to be a part of that movement. 


“My goal in every classroom is to teach children to be curious, and to follow that natural curiosity. I believe this quality better equips children to tackle otherwise complex topics and concepts.  I have witnessed children pursue areas of study above their assigned grades because of this curiosity, and when fostered correctly, believe it has the potential to strengthen character and develop lifelong passions.” 

Sirine Dhaouadi 
Lead Educator
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Sirine is a graduate student at the University of Toronto studying Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Energy Systems. She completed her undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Finance, at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.


Sirine has previously worked with children teaching them STEM education in Dubai, and is looking forward to working with the children here. She truly believes a child’s imagination and curiosity cannot be taken for granted and that with STEM education, they are provided with the tools needed to turn their creativity into reality from an early age.