2019-20 CS for All Teachers Community Ambassadors

CS for All Teachers is elated to announce the third cohort of community ambassadors who will lead engagement activities within the virtual community of practice. These individuals were selected through a blind review process from an incredibly talented group of 60+ teacher leaders. 

Michael Babler

 

Michael Babler teaches AP Computer Science Principles and serves as Director of Instructional Technology at Divine Savior Academy, a PreK-12 school in Doral, Florida. Michael is self-taught in computer science (CS), and though inexperienced teachers often assume it may be too difficult to teach, he believes anyone can succeed in CS. Michael is always on the lookout for new CS resources and information, regularly combing through social media and searching online for inspiration and ideas.

 

 

Tina Boyle White

Tina Boyle-Whyte is a teacher in the West Allis West Milwaukee School District, Wisconsin, who has taught a variety of classes including Exploring Computer Science, APCSP, Web Design, Graphic Design, and Video Game Design to high school students. Tina’s approach to teaching CS is to immerse herself in multiple training programs to have knowledge of multiple curricula. Tina has been a member of the CS for All Teachers community for the last three years.

 

 

Brenda Burmeister
 

Brenda Burmeister is a middle school teacher at the Design and Technology Academy, a magnet program at Ed White Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. A lifelong student, Brenda has in the last year completed over 70 hours of CS professional development through the University of Texas STEM Center (including CS classroom diversity training by Lighthouse), became a Google-Certified Teacher Level 1 and 2, was certified by Interaction Design Association for Human-Computer Interaction, and completed an entrepreneurship externship through Youth Code Jam. This is Brenda’s second year as a community ambassador.

 

 

Myra Deister

Myra Deister has taught CS and Mathematics in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District in Fullerton, California for more than 30 years on topics including Fundamentals of Computer Science, Visual Basic, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science AB. Myra likes to collaborate with other teachers in person and on social media and share strategies that offer promise for students to reach their greatest potential. She is a regular contributor to many Facebook groups, including CUE CS Learning Network.

 

 

Naomi Harm

Naomi Harm is a National K-12 global STEM educator and women-in-leadership specialist. In her role, Naomi teaches educators beginner and intermediate courses on the why for CS and CT in grades K-8 utilizing Code.org, CSTA, Intel Education, ISTE, Google CS First, and Lego Education curriculum frameworks.  She regularly shares learning activities, lessons and professional on social media, and strongly supports girls and young women pursuing careers in STEM and engaging in purpose-driven passion projects.

 

 

Nancy McGowan

Nancy McGowan is an instructional math coach at Shades Mountain Elementary in Hoover, Alabama. Much of Nancy’s training is self-taught and she enjoys learning alongside her students. Her latest ventures have included Scratch 3.0 with her Girls Engaged in Math & Science team, CSFirst Club, and collecting energy data as a National Wildlife Federation Eco-School. Nancy has been a member of the CS for All Teachers community for more than two years.

 

 

Lisa Rode

Lisa Rode teaches sixth grade at Kings Glen Elementary in Fairfax, Virginia. CS has transformed Lisa’s own classroom—she includes programming and robotics into all the subjects she teaches. She is passionate about advancing the integration of programming, computational thinking, and physical computing into all elementary school subject areas.  Lisa was chosen the 2019 Fairfax County Public Schools Outstanding Elementary Teacher.

 

 

Linda Sweeting

Linda Sweeting is a teacher on special assignment serving as an instructional technology mentor for Escambia County Schools in Pensacola, Florida. Prior to this role, she was a classroom teacher for 25 years, with six years as a CS teacher. She recently collaborated with an administrator to create a gamified PD course for teachers, utilizing her skills with Open Learning, Goose Chase, and Google Apps to assist in her work. Linda is a fan of Twitter chats and online book clubs.

 

 

Leon Tynes

Leon Tynes teaches technology to K-8 students at the Academy of Math and Sciences-Desert Sky charter school in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, he taught AP Computer Science Principles, App Development, 3D Modeling (Unity/C#) and Digital Media in the New Haven Public Schools District, Connecticut. Leon has worked closely with the College Board to provide diversity perspectives in CS education and participated in their annual Facebook APCSP Teacher Summit. He is also a Mobile CSP Master Teacher and was an APCSP reader for the past three years.

 

 

Jennifer Vermillion
 

Jennifer Vermillion is the Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia, where she coordinates all faculty professional development, evaluation and on-boarding. Jennifer also teaches an honors-level CS course for students in grades 9-12. In this role, Jennifer’s goal is to deepen a collective understanding of how people learn in order to increase student learning gains. This is her second year serving as a CS for All Teachers Ambassador.