In the fall of 2015 I had the opportunity to testify before Congress. I flew to Washington, DC for the day and spoke before the Congressional Education Sub-Committee. I was able to talk about the importance of good teacher training and professional development. I also talked about the importance of high quality STEM education. It was very exciting for a teacher from Chicago. The two other panelists were Colleen a public school teacher from Boston, and Michael a Educational Coach from a public school district near Los Angeles.
I am so excited to be the Computer Science/Technology teacher at Stone Academy. This is my eighth year of teaching and my fourth year teaching computer science.
When I'm not teaching, I love swimming, biking, cooking and spending time with my family. My daughter is a recent Chicago Public School graduate from Whitney Young High School. She is off to college this year.
BA from Loyola University, Chicago
MAT from National Louis University, Chicago
MSSE in Science Education from DePaul University, Chicago
Math Endorsement/Algebra Certified, University of Chicago
Current: CS Endorsement Cohort One, Illinois State University/NEIU University
Certificate of Advanced Study on Computational Thinking, Northwestern University
CS4All Teacher Advisory Committee. 2016-2018 I am working with the CS4All central department to help develop curriculum and policy for the districts computer science initiative.
District Wide Teacher Advisory Council. 2016-2017 I will be on a special advisory council to Janice Jackson the Chief Education Officer for CPS.
Code.org Professional Development Leader. I train teachers in CPS and around the country in best practices for teaching Computer Science. This summer I have been training teachers to teach science using Project/GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically)
Professional Development Leader for CPS Department of Science, Loyola University and DePaul University.
National Panel for Computational Thinking. I am working on a project that is funded by the National Science Foundation STEM+C project: "Broadening Participation in Elementary School Teachers and Students in Computer Science through STEM Integration and Statewide Collaboration."
CSTA, Computer Science Teachers Association
NSTA, National Science Teachers Association
NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
This summer I took classes at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I am working on a CAS in Computational Thinking. Our K-5th grade students will be working with this fun robot this year.
Boston: CT Summit
This summer I worked with a team of researchers and educators from around the country to integrate computational thinking into math and science curriculum. I can't wait to share this understanding with our students.
Computer Science and Robotics Rock!
Just ask Mr. Bones.