Class of 2013 (B.S.)
I graduated in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Coastal Carolina University. In my 4 years at CCU, I was an assistant and tutor in the computer science department. When I started at CCU, I knew I enjoyed working on computers, but I didn’t realize in four years how much passion I would have for the many fields in computer science. My two favorite classes were Digital Forensics and Data Communication Systems & Network. I’ve always been a hands-on learner and these activities made me realize I wanted to do something different with computer science when I graduated. After graduating from CCU, I received my Masters of Education and Leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
For the past four years, I have been a high school computer science teacher. When I was hired, my school was not offering CS. I went from two sections of computer science during my first year to now seven. My vision has always been that computer science should be about problem solving, persistence, creativity, communication, and collaboration with others.
I believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn computer science. I evaluate the efficacy of my teaching practices by always having an open dialog with my students. I believe it’s important to start with building trust with my students. I want them to see the joy, creativity, fun, and problem solving that comes with CS. I was part of the design team that wrote the K-12 Maryland standards for computer science. I’m also a national facilitator for code.org an organization broadening the reach for all students to have the opportunity to learn CS. Right now, I have helped establish a committee that has started talks with bringing CS, k-12 in my county’s school system.
I have recently decided to challenge myself with expanding my reach as an adjunct college professor teaching an intro python course. We’re in talks about creating a Girls Who Code club at the college level.
Much of my teaching practices are thanks to the college professors I had a Coastal Carolina University. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing how to teach CS through many different lenses.