Get to know our Instructors


Wren Howell

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world”.

Wren is a Georgia Tech graduate and a software engineer currently working on the cyber security incident response team, where he protects Target systems from hackers. He previously was a software engineer working on the next generation POS team at Target.  He has worked internationally and has lived in Japan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as the United States. Wren is bi-lingual and speaks fluent English and Japanese.  When he’s not teaching programming classes at JSAC, he’s either refereeing or watching soccer, reading, tending to his garden or engaging in random conversations with different people around the world.

Fernando Sanchez

"Everyone has the capacity for greatness, given the chance".

Fernando Sanchez is a Software Developer at HERE Technologies and is a graduate of Georgia State University.  He is passionate about “giving back” and volunteers for Year Up, an organization dedicated to providing career opportunities to young adults.  Fernando is bi-lingual and speaks fluent English and Spanish. In his spare time, Fernando enjoys hiking, playing his saxophone and studying to become a Machine Learning Engineer.


Ray Hebard

"Education is a means in which you can discover and reinvent yourself".

Ray Hebard, a former U.S. Navy veteran,  is a Web App Developer and a software engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).  Born in Louisiana and raised by his grandmother, he has a passion for education and is dedicated to “leveling the playing field”  for underserved children to help them maximize their full potential. He is a firm believer in it is not where you start, but where you go!  Ray is a “foodie” and loves exploring new places to eat, reading, listening to podcasts  and traveling. Some of the countries he has visited include: Mexico, Singapore, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. He is always ready for the next adventure and nobody ever knows where he will be going next.