Andrew Bailey is an Android developer and instructor for Big Nerd Ranch living in Atlanta, GA. Andrew started out as a self-taught hobbyist developer back in the days of Android Lollipop, and has since worked his way from intern to instructor while at BNR. Outside of work, he can be found playing anything from Animal Crossing to Hades and occasionally derailing whatever D&D campaign he is part of.
Anthony has been in the Android world for nearly a decade now. He's worked on large-scale external projects as well as small, internal apps used by very few. He comes from a generation of educators and values the mentorship process above all else. When he's not at his day job of solving problems, building new features, or developing new minds, he's usually spending time outdoors with his family: hiking, running, and setting up the telescope to stargaze.
I am a solution architect with experience with multiple languages and frameworks, but I primarily concentrate on front-end development and testing solutions. Before pivoting to the technology community, I was a social worker and everything I learned working with individuals during that time guides my work with clients and fellow nerds. My goal is not only to deliver code but also to promote a collaborative team environment with a focus on mentorship. When teaching, I encourage students to practice problem-solving and have fun while learning.
Ben Zweber is an Android Solution Architect who has an obsession with Kotlin and Android. He is enthusiastic about building up other developers and is an advocate for people outside of development picking up the profession. He has done some one-on-one tutoring in the past and came to Big Nerd Ranch specifically to join the training team in order to teach and learn to teach more effectively. His biggest strengths as a teacher are the passion to dive deep into a topic (all the way to bytecode, if necessary), the willingness to say "I don't know" with the drive to find out, and excitement for helping a student gain a better understanding of any topic.
Brandon Himes is an Android developer and instructor for Big Nerd Ranch living in Yuma, AZ. Brandon had a successful career in inside sales but longed for something different. He attended the Computer Science program at the University of Illinois at Springfield and soon after got his first job as an Android developer. In awe and disbelief at how fun and engaging the work is that he gets to do, Brandon can often be seen floating on clouds above the ranch. Brandon loves coaching his two boys in little league baseball, playing musical instruments, and anything to do with PC gaming.
Bryan Sills is an Android developer and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. He enjoys breaking down complex topics into teachable bites. He is an avid Chicago music fan and is often spotted biking around the city.
Chris has been an iOS Developer and Instructor for Big Nerd Ranch for the past eight years, and has been writing software professionally for over 20. He has a passion for teaching and has even spent time as a college lecturer, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is based out of Chico California, where he can be found chasing his toddler twins around, and if all of the stars align, fly fishing on a nearby stream.
Drew is a Solution Architect and iOS instructor for Big Nerd Ranch. An Atlanta resident, he has experience in computational neuroscience, team leadership, mobile app development, and both teaching and creating educational material. Having first learned Swift and iOS development using Big Nerd Ranch materials, he is passionate about instilling best practices through an engaging and tailored class experience. When he's not tapping away in Xcode, he prefers to be hiking with his dog, Cashew.
Loren Klingman is a full-stack web developer and instructor at Big Nerd Ranch. He has over 15 years of experience across a variety of tech stacks. When he’s not at work, he can be found playing tabletop games.
Mikey is one of the Associate Practice Directors for Technology at BNR, and has spent over a dozen years deeply engrained in our training organization. Mikey is a macOS and iOS developer by trade, and and has contributed to many of our courses and also co-authored our Objective-C and Swift books. Mikey has a huge passion for teaching, having taught over 125 of our bootcamps. Away from work, he’s often running a D&D game or running with his adorable pittie, Cocoa. An Atlanta native, he also convenes the Atlanta chapter of CocoaHeads.