Educator Award Recipients

Egg Harbor Township High School
Adam Swift has been a Computer Science teacher at Egg Harbor Township High School in Southern New Jersey since 2009. By attracting under represented groups of students, the computer science program has doubled in size. Thirty percent of his Intro students over the past three years have been female, with a majority continuing on to take the AP class. In 2011, he had the first female student from the district pass the AP Computer Science Exam in over a decade. Adam Swift continues to try to market computer science to the entire student body in hope of expanding the program. He is also currently assisting in the running of their newly formed Computer Club to spark all student interest in computer science. Adam has attended a variety of workshops/seminars including the AP Computer Science Institute Workshop (Summer 2011), NJ Teen Tech (Spring 2011, 2012), CS4HS (Summer 2012, 2013), CSTA...
Agustín Corchado has been a Computer Science teacher at University High School in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico since 1995. Corchado attracted under represented groups of students to the Computer Club, Engineering and Robotics Club, and the computer science program. In the last few years, the participation of girls has grown and they participate as programmers, engineers and mechanics. In November 2011, Corchado implemented a project called CompuCampus to introduce students from 6-12 grade to CS and robotics through the programming of Arduino Robots. He is currently working as the Director of the Institute for the Development of Education and Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (IDEA-STEM) at the Faculty of Education. Agustin works on HTML with the students and also the design of Internet sites for universal accessibility. He has specifically worked with robotics...
St Francis High School (Sacramento, CA)
Aimee earned her B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, San Bernardino. It was here that she first noticed the astonishing gender imbalance in computer science education. After graduating, she quickly discovered that teaching was her true passion and she went on to earn her M.A. in Education from California State University, Sacramento. She conducted extensive research on local use of computers in high school mathematics classrooms and wrote her Master's thesis on her findings, along with suggestions for providing appropriate support for teachers. Aimee has been a teacher since 2005 and has taught at an all-girls high school since 2007. With no computer science courses available to teach, she jumped on the opportunity to make a difference in CS education for young women. She proposed, designed, and implemented the school's first AP Computer Science...
Alex Wiederkehr has BS and MS degrees in Science from Oklahoma State University. He also has completed all of the course work for a MS in Biology from University of Texas at El Paso. In 1968, he came to El Paso courtesy of the United State Army Air Defense Command. After playing with Nike Hercules missiles for two years, he went to work for the El Paso Independent School District for 41 years. He has enjoyed teaching math, science and computer application courses for 35 years and Energy Manager for EPISD for 6 years. As Energy Manager, this gave him a break from teaching to meet all the principals and head custodians in the district. It also provided him with a lot of exercise since it required going through the schools at night, weekends and holidays checking to make sure everything was turned off. During those 6 years, the school district saved over 13 million dollars in...
Dubuque Senior High School
Amanda Goranson has worked as a math/computer science teacher at Dubuque Senior High School for five years. Each of those years, Amanda has worked on gaining support for women in computing by encouraging women to join computer science and to be a positive female role model for those women. The Adavanced Placement Computer Science class at the high school was started by Amanda and the participation has nearly tripled in the last five years. At home, Amanda is the mother of two daughters, ages 3 and 1 and enjoys playing, dancing and singing with them.
Amy Wozniak has been teaching computer classes for nine years, including the past six years at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, a Chicago Public School. She is very passionate about getting more girls involved in the male saturated field of computer science. Amy Wozniak tries to initiate interest by getting young girls to participate in an after-school technology club geared specifically toward girls. This club teaches them about various software programs and gets them more involved in community related technology programs. The girls participated in a program to rebuild computers from recycled parts. They have also competed in statewide technology oriented contests winning over $4000 in prizes. When she isn’t teaching, Amy Wozniak likes to run half marathons, completing three in the past eight months. She recently ran the inaugural Hollywood Half marathon in California....
Angie Klein earned an MBA from Rockhurst University in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor in Computer and Information Systems from Missouri State University. She has worked in industry as a Systems Engineer and Information Technology Auditor. In industry, she worked for Cerner Corporation, DST Systems, Kansas City Southern and Kansas City Power and Light. After leaving industry, Mrs. Klein was an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Park University and William Jewell College. Her experience in technology has led her to teaching technology at Liberty High School. During her tenure at Liberty High School, Angie has built the department to include a four-course Computer Science curriculum that covers web programming, computer programming, hardware/software of the machine and networking. During her teaching career, Mrs. Klein has continually hosted outreach programs for youth in...
Bald Knob High School
Ann Ware has seen a lot of changes in the Business Education curriculum in her thirty-seven years in the classroom. She currently teaches Technology Design and Applications and Digital Communications classes at Bald Knob High School in Bald Knob, Arkansas. She is a cum laude graduate of Harding University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education. She also holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Arkansas. As an adviser for the Future Business Leaders of America, her students have earned honors at the district, state and national levels. Ann maintains TechtipsWarehouse.com, a website dedicated to providing resources for Arkansas Business Educators. Through her association with the Arkansas Department of Career Education, she has collaborated with other teachers to write curriculum frameworks for a number of computer classes. Through ACE and local educational...
Valley High
Ashley Chamberlain is a school counselor at Valley High School, where she is passionate about helping her students succeed. She also teaches Driver's Education and Physical Education, where she runs a "paperless" classroom. She earned her B.S. in Sociology from Southern Utah University and is obtaining her Master's Degree in Psychology from Utah State University. She has been a foster parent, peer parent, and has served for several years as a state board member for the non-profit organization Communities for Decency, and as a chapter director for the Parent's Television Council. She was heavily involved and instrumental in the drafting of and obtaining legislative sponsorship of the Utah State Children’s Internet Protection Act in 2004. She has served as the Education board member for the Kane County Center for Education, Business and Arts and for the Kane...
Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
Astra Zeno has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a M.S. in Education from the University of St. Thomas. She has enjoyed teaching math, science, robotics, aerospace, marine science, technology applications, engineering and computer science over her twelve years of teaching. Astra was especially proud to teach a Girls Exploring Engineering class, where young women were introduced to engineering and computer science through project learning that included everything from modern dance to programming mobile robots. She coaches several all girls robotics teams after school, emphasizing that all members learn to code using NXT-G, a graphical language, or text based commands (ROBOTC). Astra’s junior level engineering classes this year are currently a part of a dance residency where they will...
Since he started teaching in 2002, Baker has worked to increase the visibility and credibility of high school computer science. With much help from his colleagues at Lab, Baker helped institute a computer science graduation requirement at The Laboratory Schools. The result was the development of an introductory computer science course that is taken by all 9th graders at the school. Baker is also proud of the number of young women who take AP Computer Science at Lab and go on to major in CS or a related field and then move on to take jobs in the industry. For the past two years Baker has seen 50% female enrollment in AP Computer Science which he credits mostly to the visibility that the NCWIT award provides to young women each year at the school. Recently Baker has been working on a project as part of the NSF-funded grant entitled "Computational Thinking Across the...
Beth Richtsmeier has been involved in education for 18 years teaching computer applications and math at the middle school level to Web Development and Computer Science to high school students. She helped design and continues to be instrumental in the maintenance and innovation of Meridian Technical Charter High School a school specializing in training and preparing students for Information Technology Careers. Her passion is helping students, particularly young women learn how to work and find a satisfying career. She has also earned the SkillsUSA Idaho Advisor of the Year award for her dedication to helping students gain technical and leadership skills outside the classroom.
Bethany Petr has taught in Montgomery County Public Schools for 13 years. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Towson University, and started her career as a science teacher at Francis Scott Key Middle School in Silver Spring, MD. She then taught for six years at her alma mater, Paint Branch High School, in Burtonsville, MD, where she started in the science department before becoming the school's computer science teacher. During this time, Bethany completed an M.S. in Computer Science from Towson University, as well as an M.S. in Information Systems from UMBC. Since the fall of 2008, she has been part of the Career and Technology Education department at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, MD. She currently teaches introductory level technology and programming classes. In addition to teaching, Bethany co-heads Wootton's Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) and...
Kalani High School
Bryan Silver is a History, Science, Sped and Carrer technical (CTE) teacher who believes in inspiring students through hands-on projects. He mentored the award winning Kalani Robotics Team #3008 as an after school club with a handful of freshman from his Science classes, five years ago. The team has now over 50 student members, participates in five robotic challenges throughout the year and runs a successful Bristlebots business (toothbrush robots) the team has evolved into Robotics Academy teaching interested youth throughout the state. Bryan's classes incorporate Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Engineering. He and his students drafter plans to develop a Tech center in the Honolulu area called PERCH "Preliminary Engineering and Research Center of Hawaii," in the interest of reaching more of Hawaii's youth in STEM project based programs, outside of school. He...
Bryan Baker has been teaching Computer Science at Allen High School for 17 years. He found his passion for computers and programming at a very early age, with fond memories of punch card Christmas wreaths, reams of paper for LEM, and Basic Computer Games – both books. He also discovered during his sophomore year in high school he loved helping other students while in his first formal computer class. That love transported him from little Eagle River, Alaska, to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where, after learning quite a few of life’s lessons – some of which he uses in classes even today - he earned two degrees in Education. This time spent at Baylor also helped set up the friendships which led to his first, and to date, only teaching job at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. Bryan’s class load has included AP Computer Science; Computer Science 1, 2, and 3; Game Development; and...
Helena High School
After graduating from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, with a BA in English, a minor in Computer Science, and a Secondary Teaching Certificate, Buffy Smith started her teaching career in Burley, Idaho. After teaching English for a year, Buffy returned to Helena with her husband, Brian, and started teaching at Helena High School. She taught English for seven years before changing to computer classes, which include Computer Science, Cisco, Oracle, Technology Skills for Life, and Basic Computer Skills. She feels that one of greatest things about teaching computers is that she is always learning. As part of her continuing education, Buffy earned an MA in Education and has taken part in many computer training and/or certification opportunities. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and three boys and running.
Mr. Nodarse teaches core Computer Science and Technology courses in six of the seven schools which comprise Bergen County Academy since 2001. He has nurtured an interest in his female students in the areas of robotics, engineering, computer programming, and digital electronics. Mr. Nodarse also teaches computer forensics, networking, and computer service and support. He has developed classroom topics which range from the initial handling of computer tools to building a complete computer system which has generated great student interest. Mr. Nodarse has introduced his students to mobile programming languages, and how digital electronics interphases with other emergent technologies. With supportive mentoring, his female students have participated in the Annual Panasonic Creative Challenge, the Toshiba NSTA ExploraVision Contest, and the Internet Science and Technology Fair. Mr. Nodarse...
Alabama School Of Fine Arts
Carol Yarbrough began teaching 6 years ago, embarking on a second career after working in the computer industry for over 20 years. She is currently in her 5th year teaching computer science at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, in Birmingham, Alabama. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such bright and creative students every day. Carol graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985 with a B.S. in Computational Mathematics. She then was employed in just about every aspect of the computer industry, doing both scientific programming and business programming. In addition to being a programmer, she has been a designer, analyst, system administrator, database administrator, technical architect, IT manager, corporate trainer and curriculum developer. But, she always wanted to teach high school, so she earned her M.A. Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education...
Carolyn Stewart began her computer science teaching career while serving as the Mathematics Coordinator for the Shoreline Public School District. She introduced computer science concepts such as bases and digital circuitry to mathematically-able ninth graders and helped them write programs in PL1 for the district’s IBM 360. She continued her teaching career at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Starting with a lab of 10 Apple IIs, she used Apple’s resident Basic to introduced students to programming. The purchase of Apple IIes and the software package AppleWorks enabled her to add word processing and spreadsheets to the curriculum. Installation of a land-line and modem in the early 90’s facilitated email exchanges with students overseas. Introductory students moved on to Visual Basic in 2000 and in 2007 a unit using CMU’s Alice software was...
Xavier College Preparatory (Arizona)
Catherine Wyman has been teaching computer science and programming since 1989. She began teaching at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI and has  spent 19 years teaching at various institutions of higher learning before joining Xavier College Preparatory (Phoenix, AZ)  in 2008.    Catherine teaches Computer Programming, AP Computer Science,and Video Game Development.  Additionally, she serves as Program Director for Technology and Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) at Xavier.  She is a member of CSTA, IEEE and NFHS Coaches Association. In 2008, Catherine co-founded  "Girls Have IT Day!" with fellow Xavier teacher Frances McMahon Ward. This is an annual event at Xavier to engage, inspire and encourage middle school girls in science, technology, engineering and math.  Over 500 middle school girls are mentored by over 100 high school students in hands-on...
Chris Schlesselman went from being a Mechanical Engineer to teaching English overseas to now teaching Physics, Engineering, and Robotics for the Technology & Engineering Design Academy at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento. He believes that all students learn when they are given access to knowledge and skills as a tool for building something rather than a requirement for getting a good grade on a test. Through the process of designing and building things (both physically and intellectually) and the failures and successes that go with that, stronger, more empowered people are made.
Virgil Grissom High School
Christine M. Sutton graduated in 1981 from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering. Her career began at Westinghouse as a software engineer deploying automated manufacturing systems for printed circuit board assembly. She began supervising a group of software engineers who integrated systems and developed control software for U.S. Postal Service material handling machines in 1987. During this time she earned a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. In 1994 she became a Program Manager for public transit Computer Aided Dispatch/Automated Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL) systems. These systems included the installation of private radio systems, dispatch centers, and in-vehicle hardware to facilitate bus tracking. As a result of business acquisitions, she worked for Westinghouse, Raytheon/HRB/E-Systems, and Orbital Sciences...
A Colorado native, Christy Street graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder. After college, she worked for the City of Boulder, Water Quality Department and then as an engineer for Vapor Technology in Niwot. Teaching since 2002, Christy has taught Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, and AP Computer Science. She has a BA in Biochemistry, MA in Education, and currently finishing a Master’s in Computer Science. She has been a teacher at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch since 2004 and greatly enjoys her work. Christy has been the RC Technology Student Association advisor since 2004. For the last three years, she has coached the RC CyberPatriot Team. Her favorite class to teach is computer science because she loves seeing students get excited about programming. When not working, Christy is spending time with her two boys and mountain biking.
Cindi Chang found her love for computer science while taking a course from her 10th grade math teacher. She has been hooked ever since. She worked in the tech field for many years, and then started her own web design and consulting business before entering the field of teaching in 2006. Cindi has taught AP Computer Science, Video Game Development, and currently is the Web Design and Development program leader at the Southwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV. She has presented at numerous conferences to include CUE, ACTE, Nevada ACTE and the Magnet Schools of America national conference; participated on multiple curriculum and Nevada state standards writing teams; is a SkillsUSA advisor with 2nd place National winners (male and female) in Web Development, and a high school cheer coach. Her favorite event to host every year is the Girls in Tech Conference she and the IT...
Academia Santo Tomas De Aquino
Claribel Pérez has worked on innovative projects in areas of Technology, Engineering and Science at Dominico School System of Puerto Rico since 2006 when she began working as a 4th-8th grade science teacher and Science Program Coordinator at the Santa Rosa Elementary School. She coordinated the fundraising for the acquisition of a basic robot kit, she established the Robotics Club at the school, and she recruited female students to participate in local Vex competitions. She is currently working as a physics teacher at the St. Thomas Aquino Academy where she established the robotics club (ASTA-STEM Robotics Club) with Vex Robotics technology. Claribel Pérez has been a Girl Scouts of the USA Troop Leader for the past ten years and she has taught the girls how to prepare digital presentations and videos while keeping as a priority their safety on the Internet. The Dominico School system...

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