As part of the CSforAll Summit celebration (watch it on livestream on October 17), CS for All Teachers is elated to announce our first cohort of community ambassadors to lead engagement activities within the virtual community of practice. These six individuals were selected through a blind review process from an incredibly talented group of over sixty teacher leaders. We look forward to their contributions in providing valuable input and guidance on the interests and needs of PreK-12 teachers. These individuals will serve as our advisory board and take on various leadership roles within CS for All Teachers. Be on the lookout for them in the community!
Vinny Chiaramonte is a computer science teacher at Bumpus Middle School in Alabama, where he serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Computer Science Education as well as the state’s Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study Committee. Vinny works with A+ College Ready, serves as a state facilitator for Computer Science Discoveries, and attends numerous computer science teacher professional development opportunities from CSPDWeek to TeacherCon. Vinny is excited to join CS for All Teachers as a community ambassador to enable teachers to develop the resources, skills, and community to empower their students to create a future they never thought imaginable.
Deepa Muralidhar is a computer science teacher at Roswell High School in Georgia where she teaches Introduction to Digital Technology, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and Introduction to Web Development. In addition to attending several AP Summer Institutes, Deepa was trained by the Computer Science Teachers Association to be a computer science leader for the state of Georgia. Deepa is excited to join CS for All Teachers as a community ambassador to support computer science teachers when they need resources, support, discussion, and best practices amongst their colleagues.
Nicole Reitz-Larsen is a computer science teacher at West High School in Utah where she currently teaches Exploring Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, and a 7th grade college and career awareness course. An active user of online forums, Nicole knows that teachers in computer science need to feel that they are part of a community that supports them to learn best instructional practices, find ways to recruit students, get buy-in from key stakeholders, and drum up the financial resources necessary for a fully engaging CS classroom. Nicole is excited to join CS for All Teachers as a community ambassador to facilitate these discussions, share resources, and ensure students get excited about CS.
Donald Saint-Germain is a high school computer science teacher in New York, where he teachers AP Computer Science Principles, an introductory computer science course, and a new course focused on Python. As a novice computer science teacher, Donald has attended various computer science professional development programs and has actively sought out resources and communities to support his teacher development. Donald is excited to join CS for All Teachers as a community ambassador to give back to a community that has supported him in his first few years and to ensure new computer science teachers are empowered to motivate and invest their students in computer science.
Michael Stone is based in Tennessee and currently trains K-8 teachers to integrate computer science into their core content areas. A former AP Computer Science A teacher for five years, Michael previously worked as an Albert Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation, where he supported the federal Computer Science for All initiative and gained a broader understanding of the complexities and nuances of training new computer science teachers. Michael is excited to join CS for All Teachers as a community ambassador not only to connect with other like-minded educators but also to convene around best practices to integrate computer science into K-5 teacher classrooms.
Ashley Waring is a STEM teacher at Rocky Ridge Elementary School in Alabama, where she brings computer science to her students through technology integration, unplugged activities, and computational thinking strategies. Holding a variety of teacher leadership roles, Ashley serves as the technology facilitator for her school and district, sits on Alabama’s Digital Literacy Computer Science Course of Study Committee, and enjoys mentoring future educators. She is excited to join CS for All Teachers as a community ambassador to help spread computer science education to all students and educators.
Please help us to welcome these six teacher leaders and thank them in advance for their service to the community.