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 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.
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 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. : )
Shane is the Complex Area Teacher focused on computer science for Pearl City-Waipahu Complex. He is also the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education (HSTE) President, CSTA Hawaii Chapter Past-President, a Minecraft Global Mentor, and a Code.org K-8 Facilitator for Hawaii. He has been integrating technology from Google to Micro:bits into his classes for over a decade with lessons ranging from economics to humanities. He is a strong advocate for computer science in the classroom and looks to have educators incorporates unplugged, digital and physical computing as part of the curriculum. Since August 2015, he has trained over 800 teachers in Hawaii to bring CS into the classroom. He has been presenting internationally on the use of technology in education for many years. Shane was awarded the ISTE Making It Happen Award in 2015 and was a PAEMST 2017 nominee.