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Welcome to Somerville Academy

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 on their own terms.

An online digital marketing school. For women, by women.

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.

Our Values

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.

Get Started With Our Free Micro Course: How To Change Careers Into Digital Marketing

Our free 4-part micro-course will show you how to change careers quickly by developing the skills, experience, and network you need to get hired fast.

Meet The Team

Ally Anderson

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

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!

Catherine Baptiste

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.

Daisy Liu

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

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 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

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.

Roxanne Tan

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.