Posted: Tue, 09/04/2018 - 11:53
Each month, we highlight a member of the CS for All Teachers community.
Brenda L. Burmeister
Name: Brenda L. Burmeister
Occupation: New Media Artist and CS Teacher
Workplace: North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas
Years in education: 12
Years teaching computer science: 2
TEACHING COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS)
What interests you about CS?
CS reminds me of puzzles, and I love that.
How did you start teaching CS? Do you have a background in CS?
I began my interest in CS as an undergraduate in art school using coding to create interactive artwork. A couple years ago, I landed the best teaching position: teaching digital communications to our savvy 7th graders at a magnet school. We create solutions to real-world problems through CS and design. It's awesome.
How have your CS students inspired you? What is your favorite CS project you have completed with them?
My favorite CS project with my middle school students has been teaching them A-Frame coding to create virtual reality games that teach about helping environmental issues. They utilize their knowledge on ecosystems from science class to create accurate models.
CS EDUCATION COMMUNITY
What excites you most about the current state of computer science education in the US?
I am most excited about the opportunities students have to learn cybersecurity skills online and through after-school groups, like Cyber Patriots and Cyber Gen. I have seen students start the year uninterested in attending college only to end the year with a passion for cybersecurity and specific college programs.
What do you enjoy most about participating in CS for All Teachers?
I love being able to learn new things as part of the CS for All Teachers community.
What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to potential CS educators?
Don't be afraid to do projects or use tools new to you. It makes the process a bit less streamlined or easy, but it also makes it more exciting.
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What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
My proudest professional accomplishment is knowing that I was a small part of a student's journey to success every time one of my students graduates.
What do you do to recharge after a long day (or week, month, year, etc.) of teaching?
I like to go to technology Meetup groups. Doing this takes me to new places in my city, and I meet folks in the business world. It helps me gain an understanding of the skills my students will need in various careers. Also, I have been able to make connections with people who connect me to more resources and can even come into my classroom.