Each month this year, we will be highlighting one member of the CS for All Teachers community. 

Jackie Corricelli

Name: Jackie Corricelli

Occupation:  Teacher

Workplace: Conard High School in West Hartford, Connecticut

Years in education: 14

Years teaching computer science: 5


What is your background in computer science?

I worked at Raytheon as a systems engineer, then took graduate classes to get my certification as a math teacher. As a teacher, I went to College Board trainings for the AP Computer Science A course and was a pilot instructor during their phase II for AP CS Principles. I have also served as a grader for AP CS Principles.

Describe the most favorite CS project you have completed with your students.

Any big coding project, especially something where students are not sure that they can do it at the start.

As teachers, we try every day to inspire our students. When have you been inspired by your students?

Every day. My students are going to make the world a better place with their knowledge and kindness.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

Shaking President Obama’s hand as a Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) awardee in July 2013.

What excites you most about the current state of computer science education in the US?

We are almost there across our country! We can fix the issue of inequitable student exposure to CS. We have the courses, we have more teachers than we ever had before, and we have students and parents that love CS. A few more years and I believe that this will be a requirement to graduate everywhere in the US.

What is your favorite CS tool or resource?

Right now, I am loving the Made With Code Music and Pencil Code. In general, I love BlueJ.

What do you do to recharge when times are rough?

Read and exercise!

What are you reading right now?

Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter.

What do you enjoy most about participating in CS for All Teachers?

I like the feeling that I might be helping others see how awesome CS is, as well as helping teachers know that they are not alone.