Each month this year, we will be highlighting one member of the CS for All Teachers community.
Name: Colleen Lewis
Occupation: I run csteachingtips.org.
Workplace: Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA
Years in education: I started grad school focused on CS education in 2007, but I’ve only been at Harvey Mudd College since 2012.
Years teaching computer science: I got to teach a bunch while in grad school at Berkeley, but that was mainly during the summer, so probably five years (all at Harvey Mudd College) is probably the best estimate.
What is your background in computer science?
I did an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley, and it was a bit of an uphill battle. I later did a MS in computer science and PhD in education from UC Berkeley.
Describe the most favorite CS project you have completed with your students.
There’s an assignment that Guy Haas invented where students draw a brick wall in Logo/Scratch. It is my favorite assignment to get students to debug! I even wrote a paper about it.
As teachers, we try every day to inspire our students. When have you been inspired by your students?
All the time! :)
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
Whenever one of my students accomplishes something they care about, it makes me feel really, really proud! When my students present at conferences, I also get teased by my friends for looking so proud.
What excites you most about the current state of computer science education in the US?
I’m excited that the conversation about CS education is very frequently coupled with a discussion of equity. We need to stay focused on equity; it is MUCH more important than CS education.
What is your favorite CS tool or resource?
Scratch - I LOVE LOVE LOVE Scratch!
What are you reading right now?
I’m re-reading “Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing” (Margolis & Fisher, 2003) and “Talking About Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences” (Seymour & Hewitt, 1994).
What do you enjoy most about participating in CS for All Teachers?