Panel: How Do You Teach Coding?

The tools we use to design and develop websites have changed drastically over the past few years, and professionals in the industry are working hard to keep up. But how do you teach web design and development to students who are just beginning to learn about web development in 2017?

At our next lunch event, we’ll hear from a panel of teachers who work in schools around the Des Moines metro! Join us at 12pm on Wednesday, December 20th at Happy Medium to hear how students – from kindergarten to college – are learning to code.


Jeff Gullion, Professor & Program Chair, Web Development, DMACC
Jeff has been in the IT field over 30 years. He worked as a Programmer and Business Analyst for Insurance companies for 11 years. He built his first commercial website in the mid 90’s for his small business here in Des Moines. Since then, he has been teaching Computer Programming and Web Development skills for almost 20 years at DMACC. He was the District Chair for Computer Programming at DMACC until he started the Web Development program approximately 5 years ago.

Alanah Mitchell, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Drake University
Alanah works in the Department of Information Management and Business Analytics in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University. Her research focuses on the areas of technology collaboration, e-commerce, and information systems education. She also teaches a number of different courses at Drake, including Website Technologies.

Scott Palmer, Instructor, Waukee APEX
Scott graduated with his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics from Buena Vista University in 2006. He is starting his 3rd year as a teacher in the Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) program within the Waukee Community School District. Scott is the instructor for Developing Web-Based Technologies as a part of the Technology sector in APEX, as well as AP Computer Science at Waukee High School. Scott has been teaching for ten years, and has spent time teaching in Northwest Iowa, Waukee, and Athens, Greece. He also coaches freshman boys basketball at Waukee High School.

Ann Wiley, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Johnston Community School District
As a stakeholder for technology education and resources at Johnston CSD, Ann focuses on K-12 curriculum development and articulation for technology literacy and STEM-related content, Digital Citizenship, 1:1 environment implementation and professional development. She also supports the Computer Science State Work Group and is a Computer Science State Standards Group co-facilitator.

About the Venue

Happy Medium is a company comprised of creators, innovators, artists, storytellers, makers and leaders. While operating as a full-service marketing firm, they also thrive on development of their own cutting-edge products and technology. Learn more about Happy Medium at


Wed, Dec 20th @ 12:00pm


Happy Medium
104 SW 4th St Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309

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