Hour of Code and CSEdWeek Review Committee

Ashley Redhill

High School

Ashley Redhill is a high school mathematics teacher for grades 10-12. He teaches at Calero High School, an alternative school in San Jose, CA and has experience using HTML, CSS, Scratch, Alice, JavaScript, Python, Quorum. Ashley was pulled into the CS Education movement by wanting to remedy inequities in CS access. As a math teacher, the problem solving skills he uses to teach Common Core Math are identical to the problem solving skills his students gain through CS. Ashley has a pet tortoise named Kaiju, featured here :)

Bob Richardson

High School

Bob Richardson is a Math and Computer Science teacher in Baltimore County, Maryland. He has been teaching for 13 years and has taught Computer Science at all levels (from 3rd grade all the way through college). Inspiring students to get involved with Computer Science has always been a passion of his, and he’s been incorporating CS initiatives for over 10 years. For a significant portion of that time, he has been conducting research and documenting the positive effect exposure to CS has on overall student success. This research was what originally led him to the Hour of Code and he has since been incorporating it in school and system-wide CS movements in Maryland. Bob has experience using Scratch, Code.org, Alice, Python, JavaScript, Java, C++, and multiple game based learning platforms.

Chinma Uche

High School

Chinma is a math and computer science teacher who believes that Computer Science should be taught to all K-12 students. As a College Board’s AP CSP Consultant and a Code.org CS Fundamentals Facilitator, she trains and supports teachers to bring CS to their students. She is a member of many committees, including the Connecticut State Department of Education's CS Advisory Committee and the Connecticut Digital Learning Advisory Council. She serves in the Connecticut Science Center’s Women in Science Steering Committee and the Girls Scout STEM Advisory Group. She is also a member of the 100Kin10 Teacher Forum. She was the President of the Connecticut CSTA, a member of the CSTA Board and a member of the AP CSP Development Committee. While serving as an official CSP pilot instructor, she helped create the Mobile CSP curriculum. Chinma currently teaches AP CSP and AP CS A at the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor, CT. She continues to use Scratch, Code.org, Codehs, Javascript, Java, and App Inventor in her classroom. Chinma was the 2015 CREC Teacher of the Year (TOY), a 2016 Connecticut TOY Semifinalist and a 2018 O’Toole Teacher Leader Awardee.

Darlene Bowman

Middle/High School

Darlene has worked with special needs students for 15 years. She teaches STEM/Software Engineering to HS students with Autism. She loves integrating Science, Tech, Engineering and Art into academic subjects. Now she gets to do all that AND coding—every day! Her students have done the Hour Of Code every year since 2013. To her surprise, they excelled faster than she did. She says that’s the beauty of working with Special Needs students. You never know when their extraordinary TALENTS will shine. Darlene has used Code.org, Scratch, Scratch Jr., LEGO Mindstorm, Arduino, and Codecademy with her students. She is also a Professor at College of Staten Island, with 4 beautiful children, who love to code!!

Debby Taylor

Elementary School

Debby Taylor is a nationally STEM-certified educator from Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of metro Atlanta. She currently teaches 4th grade at Mountain View Elementary in the Cobb County School District. Her teaching career spans from preschool, as a teacher and an administrator, to middle school Language Arts. Before moving to 4th grade this year, she spent six years she teaching technology at Mountain View to Kindergarten through 5th grade students. It was during her first year as a computer lab teacher that Debby learned about Code.org. She has been hooked on coding ever since, hosting a school-wide Hour of Code event every year as well as an after-school coding club for 3rd - 5th grade students who want to learn more about computer science. Debby has experience using Code.org, Scratch, Lightbot, and Tynker with her classes as well as Ozobots and Spheros. As part of her school’s key STEM team, she collaborates regularly with other teachers integrating coding and technology into their classrooms whenever possible.

Joanne Barrett

Middle/High School

Joanne has been an independent school computer science educator and educational technologist for more than twenty years. Joanne has experience using Scratch, Alice, Greenfoot, Processing, Python, Java, Javascript, and Mathlab in the classroom. Old enough to have programmed using punch cards, Joanne has enjoyed introducing coding to the next generation of programmers. Joanne is the president and founder of the CSTA-Florida virtual chapter and is extremely interested in computer science education in the K12 environment. As a member of cohort 4 in the University of Florida’s College of Education Educational Technology Program, Joanne loves researching, exploring and learning about new tools for instruction across the curriculum and grade levels.

Justin Feller

Middle/High School

Justin is a lifelong learner and teacher located in Broward County, Florida. He grew up in South Florida but has been up and down the East Coast teaching Math, Computer Science and STEM at Middle Schools, High Schools and Colleges. Justin has experience using Scratch, Tynker, Code.org, Bootstrap, Google apps, HTML and CSS in his classrooms. His personal academic passions include Math, designing algorithms and helping students and teachers realize that they CAN have as much of an impact on their immediate surroundings as they want to. To Justin, CSforAll is more than an initiative...it's a whole new direction for education—students, teachers and all parts of your local community!

Kirsten Innes

Elementary School

Kirsten Innes is the Information Specialist at Prairieview School in Hainesville, part of Grayslake CCSD #46. Prior to landing her dream job, she was a 4th and 5th grade classroom teacher at Rupley Elementary, in Elk Grove Village, CCSD #59. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Master's Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Instructional Media. She’s a SMART Exemplary Educator, SMART Certified Trainer, Google Educator Levels 1 and 2, Google Certified Trainer, Apple Teacher, and Tech4Learning Innovative Educator. She has experience using Scratch, Blockly, Code.org, Osmo, Ozobot, Dash and Dot, and LEGO in her classroom. At the start, Kirsten described herself as a true technophobe. Her first experience with coding was being thrown into HTML when web pages first became a "thing", thinking why would any normal everyday person need to know how to code and program? She says she’s glad to know she was wrong! She is passionate about learning and sharing with others!

Kitty Herbel

Elementary/Middle School

Kitty is in her fifth year teaching computer science to 6th-8th graders at Waller Middle School in Enid, Oklahoma. She previously taught 4th and 5th grade for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Master's in Guidance and Counseling. Kitty has used Spheros, Drones, Hummingbird Robotics Kit, Alice 2.1, Tynker Lessons, and Code Studio Lessons with her classes. Seeing how excited her students were when they made something move for the first time got Kitty more excited about computer science. Now, she has students creating their own computer games on their own time and sharing them with other students for feedback. Kitty is also a Code.org Discoveries Facilitator. Outside of the classroom, Kitty loves to read and spend time with her husband and 4 year old. : )

Lizmari Smith

High School

Lizmari Smith is an Educational Technology Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools, and a former Business and Computer Science high school teacher. She has experience using Python, Visual Basic, Snap, GameMaker, and Alice in her classroom. As a web developer turned teacher, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in Workforce Education from The University of Georgia. She has been a part of UC Berkeley and NC State’s Beauty and Joy of Computing curriculum project, as a Master Teacher for the new AP Computer Science Principles course. Lizmari is a computer science activist focused on helping those students who, just like her, had no idea what computer science was as a high school student. As a native of Puerto Rico, she continues to collaborate with teachers and students to increase interest in computer science education for Hispanics and minority groups.

Pauline White

Middle/High School

Pauline White is a N.Y. state certified teacher of Technology Education and Mathematics, having taught grades 7-12. She holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., and a M.A.T. from Union Graduate College, Schenectady, N.Y. Pauline has worked as a software engineer for G.E. Global Research and Development, Niskauna, N.Y. In her time as a high school teacher of computer science at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Burnt Hills, N.Y., she built a vibrant computer science department and established the Coding Club. She used Scratch, Snap, Alice, Greenfoot, Java, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, LEGO EV3, AppInventor, Pencil Code, Code.org, and CS Unplugged in her classroom. Pauline is president her local CSTA chapter and has recently joined the Siena College Computer Science Department as a full time instructor. She lives with her husband and three children in Duanesburg, N.Y., and enjoys life in the country, gardening, cooking, and crocheting.