Somerville Academy

who we are
Welcome to Somerville

Somerville is an online digital marketing school created by and for women. Born out of a need to have more women, especially more women of colour, in the technology industry. Our programs are designed to give women the skills, experience, and confidence they need to start their careers in 16 weeks.

Online learning, real-life opportunities

Our online learning portal lets students work around their existing schedules. Lessons and office hours are live-streamed so the logistics of going back to school, including commuting and childcare, are easier to handle.

An online digital marketing program by women for women.

Our Values

our guiding principles

Inclusion

We’re committed to doing the work to help all women to feel safe and supported here. Because we’re stronger together.

Courage

It takes courage to learn new skills, to start a new career, and to believe in yourself. Bravery over perfection.

Community

Students, alumni, instructors, and staff – we lift each other up, now and always. Get involved.

Compassion

We know that life happens. So whether it’s kids, relationships, or another curveball, we’re there for each other.

Respect

We have one rule for our students, instructors, and team: Don’t be an asshole. Break that and you’re out.

The world needs more women.

More women leaders, more women in business, more women in power, and more women in tech. We’re here to help women launch careers in the tech industry with programs designed specifically for them, with flexibility, community, and heart.

Meet Our Instructors

we're here to help
Ally Anderson
Ally Anderson
Lead Instructor, Digital Marketing

I’m an adventure addict, lover of the outdoors, and crazy cat lady in-training with a passion for coaching and teaching. I specialize in analytics, SEO, and content marketing, but what I enjoy most is putting all the puzzle pieces together when designing and managing integrated marketing campaigns across various channels. I strongly value lifelong learning, and I love that I have the opportunity to support and empower other women in their own learning and development.

Andrea Morin
Andrea Morin
Teaching Assistant, Digital Marketing

When I was a kid, I started a dog walking business. I loved dogs, making money, and, as it turns out - marketing. I had so much fun creating flyers and figuring out how to distribute them to only the neighbors with dogs. It would be a few years before I figured out I was actually “distributing content to my target audience.” I have over 10 years of experience in marketing, across several industries, from ad agencies to e-commerce. Well-versed in email marketing, marketing automation, content, and inbound marketing, I’m a data nerd and love analyzing it to find digital solutions to marketing problems. I’m honored to be a part of Somerville and support their mission of empowering women through learning!

Daisy Liu
Daisy Liu
Teaching Assistant, Digital Marketing

Daisy specializes in analytics and paid search. When she's not teaching or implementing global campaigns, she's playing with her son, traveling, or mastering another language.

Ellen Horton
Ellen Horton
Instructor, Digital Marketing

I have worked in digital marketing for the last 7 years. I love to collaborate with creative teams and specialize in content marketing, advertising, and analytics. I am an open book when it comes to sharing the knowledge that I’ve learned so that others can use it to communicate their message in the best way possible. Teaching for me is a natural extension of that passion for shared learning and community. I love to travel and even became a digital nomad for a couple of years while working remotely. Now that I have a home again, cooking and entertaining have become some of my favorite things to do in my free time.

Hayley Milliman
Hayley Milliman
Instructor, Digital Marketing

Hayley Milliman has been working in digital marketing for the last six years for a handful of companies across industries. Prior to that, Hayley spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which was a crash course in learning how to entertain an indifferent audience. These days, she puts her storytelling skills to use developing compelling content marketing strategies and working on her first novel.<br /> When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink or hiking with her dog. She is the co-author of the book ``Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females`` (which was an Amazon bestseller) and ``How to Build Your Author Platform on a Shoestring``.

Katie Jeanes
Katie Jeanes
Founder & Lead Instructor, Digital Marketing

I’m the person who started Somerville. Also, in no particular order: an embarrassingly proud-of-her-students-teacher, data-obsessed digital marketer, sailor, baker, and general adventurist. Over the last 10 years, I've worked across the tech industry, in software, mobile apps, e-commerce, and media. After launching two startups and a social impact tech accelerator, I started teaching digital marketing. Prior to launching Somerville, I taught students at BCIT and RED Academy in Canada, as well as General Assembly and the University of Sydney in Australia.

Princess Tettey
Princess Tettey
Teaching Assistant, Digital Marketing

I'm originally from Accra, Ghana and I've been living in Vancouver, BC for about 10 years working as a digital marketer for over 4 of those years. I think of myself as a creative person with a passion for writing, singing and performing. Teaching has always been a passion of mine because I believe having the right person to guide and support you through any learning period can make all the difference!

Roxanne Tan
Roxanne Tan
Teaching Assistant, Digital Marketing

I am as passionate about digital marketing as I am about advocating for diversity and inclusion in tech which makes Somerville the perfect place to be! I have 4 - 5 years experience working in the digital marketing industry with a specialty in paid media advertising. I love going out in nature on adventures with my dog, watching Japanese TV, home decor and all things design.

Meet Our Team

we're here to help
April Wu
April Wu
Director of Marketing

I am a cross-cultural kid, pop culture pro, and part-time hand model at me & my best friend’s Instagram food blog @brunchingbesties. I have 4 years of experience working in the digital marketing field, specializing in building end-to-end strategies, running large scale paid search and social campaigns, creating engaging content, and telling stories through data. We need to even the playing field in tech and my goal is to empower women through education.

Ariane Hunter
Ariane Hunter
Career Success Manager

Ariane is a dreamer by nature and has charted her own unconventional career path as an MBA holding marketing/advertising professional, a photographer, career coach, and entrepreneur. Inspired by the passion, courage, and brilliance of her clients as well as her own love for helping women discover and follow their dreams. She is the Founder of The Mentors Circle -- a mentoring service for women of color to provide mentoring support to emerging business leaders. The work is dedicated to building a legion of change-makers, thought leaders, trailblazers, and status quo disruptors. Her work (re)inspires women to pursue their dreams and find fulfillment doing work they can be proud of. Ariane is known as the “career whisperer for career conscious women.” Through her path, she’s developed expertise in navigating career changes, career reinvention, inspired leadership, life & work strategies, as well as intra and entrepreneurship. Ariane is writing her first book, ``Dreaming on Purpose: A Woman’s Guide to Doing Her Right Work in The World`` due out in Fall 2020 in partnership with Indigo River Publishers. She lives in Brooklyn, is an avid runner, and can most often be found petting other people’s dogs.

Basimah Syed
Basimah Syed
Program Advisor, Product Management

Laura Fedoruk
Laura Fedoruk
Program Advisor, Data Science

Patty Wong
Patty Wong
Program Advisor, Digital Marketing

I didn’t know what to do post university, so enrolled in a local tech school where I launched my digital marketing career after learning from Katie! I live in Vancouver, Canada, have over 3 years of agency & teaching experience and I have patted over 50% of the world’s dogs