March 28, 2019

A Message From Our New Executive Director

A Message From Our Executive Director

My name is Mackenzie Baughman and I will be serving as the Executive Director for the Code Naturally Academy. I look forward to building on the base that Code Naturally has provided throughout their last 3 years of growth, specifically their commitment to making coding accessible to diverse groups of students. In the past 5 years that I’ve worked as a STEM educator, I’ve been disappointed by the overwhelming lack of females in my classes, and by the surprise of some parents when they see a woman teaching a coding class. A more balanced and diverse classroom contributes so much to student success and creativity. I’m so excited to be part of a team that’s opening doors for all students in STEM!


I plan on taking what I have learned as a STEM educator into ensuring that the Code Naturally Academy encourages new learners finding their footwork as well as fostering an environment where advanced students can continue to push themselves instead of plateauing. It is so rewarding to see the genuine joy and pride students impart when presenting their creations. Coming from a background in History, I have always supported an interdisciplinary approach to education. The programs offered through the Code Naturally Academy not only teach students how to code, but also allows them to practice their typing, spelling, art, and math skills. The customizable curriculum makes sure that students can problem solve and make projects of their own design while still ensuring they practice creativity, tenacity, and collaboration. Furthermore, I plan to continue to ensure that educators approach students concerns with empathy and respect. I look forward to continuing to provide high quality coding summer camps and after school programs to the Santa Cruz area through my position with Code Naturally Academy.


If you have any questions about, feel free to send me an e-mail at


Thank you & I look forward to serving our community!


Mackenzie Baughman

Executive Director

Code Naturally Academy


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