Each month this year, we will be highlighting one member of the CS for All Teachers community.
Name: Sangeeta Bhatnagar
Occupation: Teacher and workshop facilitator for ECS and CSP professional development
Workplace: Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, CA
Years in education: 20
Years teaching computer science: 12
What is your background in computer science?
I received my BS in computer science and worked for five years in the industry as a software engineer. I have been trained to teach the ECS and CSP courses, and have served as ECS and CSP workshop facilitator for the past three years.
Describe the most favorite CS project you have completed with your students.
Amazing Cougaroply—an electronic version of the game Monopoly for cougars (our school mascot)—is my absolute favorite. It was created as a culminating project by my AP CS-A students. Cougaroply was implemented in Java and included the whole Monopoly shabang—an impressive graphical user interface and all aspects of the real board game. This was one of the most challenging projects for my students who had taken their Java knowledge much beyond the curriculum. I was literally a guide on the side and was so proud to see such a major accomplishment and enthusiasm among my students!
As teachers, we try every day to inspire our students. When have you been inspired by your students?
I get most inspired when former students visit me and tell me how much my classes have helped them get into research programs and summer internships at large corporations, like American Express, ServiceNow, etc. I also get inspired by students who come to me for guidance as they pursue side projects, such as app development and game design. It encourages me to stay current with technology so I can guide them to the best of my ability.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
Being recognized as an educator who has inspired students to enter STEM fields.
What excites you most about the current state of computer science education in the US?
I find the “CS for All” movement to be exciting. This huge undertaking is going to bring CS to every classroom in America. This is a proud moment!
What is your favorite CS tool or resource?
I enjoy CS Facebook groups of fellow teachers who provide great suggestions for any problem.
What do you do to recharge when times are rough?
My students always lift up my spirits. I forget my troubles when I am among them!
What are you reading right now?
“Under the Ice” by Aaron Paul Lazar.
What do you enjoy most about participating in CS for All Teachers?
I enjoy hearing inspiring stories from teachers, especially teachers who are new to Computer Science.