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Blue Ridge Boost Instructors

Coding Instructors


Nora Evans

I am originally from Bucharest, Romania and earned a B.Sc. in Computer Science at the Polytechnical University of Bucharest. I moved to Charlottesville in the Fall of 2004 to pursue graduate school at the University of Virginia, where I earned a Master's in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Mathematics, and a Master of Teaching. Some of my accomplishments include:
  • co-author of several research articles
  • several years of industry experience as a Java software developer
  • over two years of online tutoring on Wyzant in C, C++, Java, Python, List, and Prolog.
  • teaching assistant at the University of Virginia
  • First Lego League team lead and coach

Ransford Dunu

I am originally from Koforidua, Ghana. I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia with my parents when I was 11 months old. I am currently working toward my Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.

I have experience in teaching teens and kids how to code. Through NSBE(Nation Society of Black Engineers) and Mrs. Early from Albemarle High School I was able to teach middle schoolers how to code a Sphero to get out of a maze. During that time I helped the students to understand critical thinking and problem-solving skills to be able to guide the Sphero out of not just one maze but an array of mazes with the same code.


Saumya Sharma

I am from NoVa and am a current 3rd year at the University of Virginia working towards a degree in Global Public Health and a minor in Computer Science. As a member of the community, I have valued tutoring and working with students as a way to help bring the community forward by being involved in it. I was on a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team for 3 years and have continued my appreciation for Computer Science during my time at UVA.

Math Teachers and Tutors


Nora Evans

  • Part-time lecturer at the University of Virginia
  • Algebra teacher at Peabody School 2022-2023
  • AMC8 and MathCounts coach for the 2022-2023 season
  • AP Summer Institute training in AP Calculus AB/BC (May 2022)
  • Calculus and Abstract Algebra in-person tutoring for over a year
  • internship at Monticello High School in Algebra 2, Precalculus, and Geometry
  • co-founder and organizer of Cville Math Circle for preschool and elementary school-age girls
  • teaching assistant for graduate-level courses
  • Financial Mathematics instructor at the University of Virginia

Charlie Conneen

My name is Charlie, I'm a UVa graduate with an MS in Mathematics. I have 6 years of experience teaching and tutoring all grades from elementary school to college-level and beyond, working to meet a variety of learning targets. Whether your student has fallen behind and needs coaching, or is striving to learn beyond the curriculum and requires a mentor, I'm here to help!

Enrichment and tutoring in Math and Computing for any student who wants to learn.
Led by Ana Nora Evans in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Blue Ridge Boost
2171 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Email: nora@blueridgeboost.com
Phone: ‪(434) 260-0636