Herbert Brown
Jackson Instructor

Herbert Brown is the classroom instructor for the Mississippi Coding Academies’ Jackson site. 

He previously served as a teacher for the Algebra Project at Lanier High School in Jackson, Ms from 2006-2010. He later worked as a financial aid counselor at Tougaloo College. 

Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Algebra Project as treasurer. Brown has received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Jackson State University and a Bachelor’s in Finance from Mississippi College.

Bryce Mullican
Jackson Instructor

Bryce Mullican is a coding instructor for the Mississippi Coding Academies’ Jackson site. Born and raised by educators in Hattiesburg, Miss., Mullican went to the University of Southern Mississippi, where he got a degree in Advertising.

After college, Bryce taught himself coding, eventually becoming a Senior Web Developer at the advertising agency Mad Genius where he worked for 9 years. Bryce believes in empowering people by teaching code; he states that the main selling point for joining the academy was the drive, brilliance and dedication of students at the academy.

Javier Peraza
Jackson Instructor

Javier Peraza is a classroom instructor for the Mississippi Coding Academies’ Jackson site. Peraza has four years of experience teaching in Jackson Public Schools, where he also served as the debate coach at Murrah High School. Prior to that he was a regional field director for both of President Obama’s campaigns and the Democratic National Committee.

Peraza is the co-founder of Jackson Kids Code, a start-up project in Jackson, Miss., with a mission to expand access to computer science through summer coding camps and after school programming opportunities.

Andrew S. Stamps
Starkville Instructor

Andrew S. Stamps a computer scientist specializing in graphics and visualization. The first of his family to attend and complete college, he has two degrees in computer science, a B.S. from Dillard University with minors in fine arts and mathematics, and an M.S. from Mississippi State University (MSU).

Stamps is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in computer science from MSU. As a lifelong learner, Mr. Stamps has also received research grants from NASA, the MSU Bagley College of Engineering, and Microsoft

Stamps has work published in IEEE Vis conference proceedings, and the NASA Space Grant Consortium conference. He served as a IEEE Vis conference chair from 2011-2014. Stamps has also worked as a software developer at Georgia Pacific, as a lead developer as Spatial Information Solutions, and as a team leader at IBM.

Additionally, Stamps performed research at the High Performance Computing division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory via Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and has taught programming courses at the Mississippi School for Math and Science and at MSU.