M-W alumna named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Education

on January 24, 2017

Monroe-Woodbury alumna is named to Forbes' 30 Under 30Leandra Tejedor, a 2009 graduate from the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, has just been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Education for her work as a co-founder of Vidcode.

Now in its sixth year, the 30 Under 30 celebrates 30 game changers in 20 industries; all under 30 years old — 600 in total. This year the competition was more extreme than ever: 15,000+ nominations for just 600 spots.

Tejedor and Vidcode cofounders, Melissa Halfon and Alexandra Diracles, are proving that the best way to teach computer programming to teens, especially girls, is to go where they live: social media videos. Vidcode is a Javascript coding curriculum that can be used as a stand-alone course or a unit within a computer science course. Students learn by using code to create Snapchat filters, memes, stop motion videos and augmented reality games.

Built by female engineers with all students in mind – Vidcode is loved by all students and more importantly boasts incredible diversity rates: 38% African American and 32% Latinx. In addition, 62% of all Vidcode users are female. “We’re proud that these numbers are very different than the current tech landscape,” said Tejedor.

To date Vidcode has reached more 150,000 students in 113 countries, and recently partnered with Snapchat to help enable teens to code their own Snapchat filters. Leandra holds a degree in Design and Interactive Media from Ramapo College and is a life-long Girl Scout. Vidcode is running an after-school course with the Girl Scouts of Greater New York called Breaking the Code, which empowers middle school girls to use code  to create videos about their communities and the change they want to see.

Congratulations, Leandra. You truly represent #crusaderpride!

View the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

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