Hour of Code and CSEdWeek Advisory Committee

Alberto Avalos

Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Code as a Second Language

Alberto Ávalos is the the Co-Founder of the Code as a Second Language (CSL) national initiative. CSL focuses on introducing youth to computer programming to add to the growing pool of Latino and Latina entrepreneurial software engineers. With his team he has grown the initiative to over 20 different markets nationwide in over 50 different schools. Alberto's passion is leveraging technology across industries and working with communities in creating economic empowerment. He believes that when all communities have economic opportunity and influence, America will be more prosperous. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for Diversity for the Computer Science Teachers Association.

Amy Baldwin


Amy has been teaching at Oakbrook Middle in Ladson, South Carolina for sixteen years. She graduated from Charleston Southern University in 2000 as an Elementary Education major with an emphasis in mathematics and computer science. She taught 7th grade math and science before moving into her role as the Gateway to Technology/STEM teacher in 2013. Amy is National Board certified in Early Adolescent Mathematics and renewed her certification in 2015. She was named Dorchester District 2 Teacher of of the Year in 2011 and has served on numerous curriculum teams. In Spring 2015, she helped start the Girls in Tech program to encourage girls to explore computer science. She is also a coach for First Lego League and VEX robotics teams at her school.

Angela de Guzman

MD State Dept of Education

Angela de Guzman is currently a Professional Learning Specialist at the Maryland Department of Education. Through this work she is able to provide leadership across Maryland in professional learning for educators and school leaders. Angela formerly served as a technology integration and elementary classroom teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools.

Ben Chun


Ben is a product leader whose background includes 5 years as a software engineer and 7 years as a public high school teacher. He curates the short stories at ilearnedtoprogram.com and developed the free cartoons at ctillustrated.com. He is also a facilitator for Code.org's Computer Science Foundations and AP Computer Science Principles.

Brooke Haag


As a former physicist and physics teacher, Brooke is responsible for driving Microsoft education’s STEM strategy working across marketing, sales, and product teams to empower teachers and students globally to achieve more. Before coming to Microsoft, she spent 7 years as a community college professor doing research in nuclear physics. She holds a PhD in physics from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Colleen Lewis

Harvey Mudd

Colleen Lewis is an assistant professor of computer science at Harvey Mudd College and specializes in computer science education. Lewis curates CSTeachingTips.org, a NSF-sponsored project with tips for teaching CS. CSTeachingTips.org offers tips for teachers introducing CS for the first time (csteachingtips.org/Tips-for-introducing-computing) and tips for teachers to give to volunteers who come to their classroom (csteachingtips.org/Tips-for-classroom-volunteers).

Dawn Guest-Johnson

Los Angeles Unified School District

Dawn Guest-Johnson is the Computer Science Coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is a Mathematics, Computer Science, Fine Arts, and CTE Media Arts educator with over 19 years of experience teaching in the Los Angeles, Chicago, and Indianapolis public school districts and in the online environment with University of Phoenix. She received a BS in Mathematics Secondary Education from Chicago State University and a MSEd from Walden University in Education Technology. Outside of the classroom, she served as a mathematics coach, intervention coordinator, New Teacher Support Provider (BTSA), and Reed Mentor Teacher. She is a trained Interactive Mathematics Program teacher and believes in a constructivist student centered learning environment where students are actively engaged in inquiry and understanding.

Deborah Seehorn


Deborah is the interim executive director of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). She was previously co-chair of the 2017 CSTA Revision Task Force and served as the chair of the CSTA board of directors from 2013 to 2015. Deborah is a former teacher and business, finance, and information technology education consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She is committed to empowering educators to develop computer science curriculum to prepare students to be leaders in the 21st Century.

Diane Levitt

Cornell Tech

Diane Levitt is the Sr. Director of K-12 Education for Cornell Tech. She drives engagement with the NYC computing education community, including the Dept. of Education's CS4All initiative, and works with individual schools to catalyze K-12 computer science. She is responsible for Cornell Tech's annual conference, To Code and Beyond, convening educators, nonprofit and industry leaders, policymakers and funders to examine best practices and innovative solutions in K-12 computing education. Before joining Cornell Tech, Diane was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Belkin, and philanthropic advisor to Belkin's founder and CEO. Diane received a master’s degree in early childhood education from Bank Street College, and a bachelor of science in women’s studies and anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Enrico Nardelli


Full professor of Informatics in the University of Roma "Tor Vergata", coordinator of the national project "Programma il Futuro" http://programmailfuturo.it, for the introduction of basic concepts of informatics as a scientific subject in Italian schools, with emphasis on primary schools and on computational thinking. Member of the Executive Board of CINI, the Italian national inter-university Consortium for Informatics. Member of the "Committee on European Computing Education" a joint effort between Informatics Europe and ACM Europe.

Grant Hosford


Grant is the CEO and co-founder of codeSpark, a venture backed edtech company turning programming into play for young kids around the world. codeSpark’s award-winning games codeSpark Academy and The Foos have been played by millions of kids in 172 countries. Grant lives near Pasadena with his author wife, 3 kid coders and a goofy pug named Fletcher.

Jannie Fernandez


Jannie works at NCWIT as the K-12 Alliance Manager and TECHNOLOchicas Program Manager. She obtained her BS in Special Education with a focus on learning disabilities. Prior to joining NCWIT, she taught various science subjects, including Biology and Physics, and also served as Special Education Department Head for a public high school in Miami for 10 years.

Krishna Vedati


Krishna is co-founder and CEO of Tynker. Tynker is a creative computing company where kids learn to code and build fun things like games, apps and class projects, program drones, and robots. Tynker is currently used by millions of children worldwide. Previously, Krishna was senior vice president and general manager of AT&T Yellow Pages Division. He co-founded two venture-backed companies Plusmo and Covigo, which were acquired by AT&T and Motorola respectively. Krishna has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Varanasi, India, and a master’s degree in computer science from West Virginia University. He has also co-authored two best-selling books on Linux programming, e-commerce, and Java security. More info about Krishna at www.linkedin.com/in/krishnavedati Twitter: @kvedati

Leigh Ann DeLyser

CSforAll Consortium and CSNYC

Leigh Ann DeLyser is the co-founder and chief academic officer of the CSforAll Consortium, a national network of CS education content providers, school districts, education associations, and researchers devoted to the mission of CSforAll. Leigh Ann is also the director of education and research at CSNYC, a nonprofit founded to ensure that all of New York City’s 1.1 million public school students have access to a high-quality CS education. At CSNYC, Leigh Ann oversees research efforts and advising and implementing programs that align with the organization’s strategic goals. Leigh Ann earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in computer science and cognitive psychology, with a focus on CS education.

Leslie Aaronson


Leslie Aaronson is the Strategic Director of K12 Initiatives with NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology). She is also a Strategic Consultant for LA Promise Fund and their Girls Build LA Challenge. She was awarded Teacher of the Year by LAUSD for her work as the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy.

Mark Sherman


Mark Sherman is a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mark has worked with teachers and students of all ages, helping them learn about engineering, robotics, and computer science. He has run workshops in India, China, and many sites in the U.S. Mark received his Ph.D. in computer science specializing in CS education research at UMass Lowell, where he also taught undergraduate introductory and language courses. He has prepared teachers for using Scratch, Snap!, MIT App Inventor, and the Beauty & Joy of Computing curriculum in their classrooms. Mark is also into rock climbing and helps run a Boston-area community theater company.

Matthew Dawson


Matt works on computer science education programs at Google. Previously, he was a fourth and fifth grade teacher.

Natalie Rusk

MIT Media Lab

Natalie Rusk is one of the creators of the Scratch programming language and serves as Director of Learning Research for the Scratch Team at the MIT Media Lab. She is co-founder of the Clubhouse after-school initiative and co-led the NSF-funded project, "Coding for All: Interest-Driven Trajectories to Computational Fluency." She is author of the Scratch Coding Cards and edited Start Making: A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities. She earned a PhD in child development from Tufts and a Master's from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Sally-Ann Williams


Sally-Ann Williams is the Engineering Community and Outreach Manager in Google’s Sydney offices responsible for Google’s relationships with startups and universities across Australia & New Zealand. She oversees Google’s efforts in entrepreneurship and startup engagement, CS and STEM outreach and research collaborations with computer science, engineering, and related departments.

Scott Nichols

Maryland State Department of Education

Scott Nichols is the Technology and Engineering Education Supervisor for the Maryland State Department of Education. Additionally, he oversees K-12 Computer Science and Project Lead the Way implementation. Scott previously worked with the Baltimore County Public Schools as a STEM teacher where he was awarded the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Teacher Excellence Award, the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland (TEEAM) Award of Excellence, and both County Council and Governor Citations for Excellence in STEM Education. Scott also serves on the TEEAM Executive Board, the Maryland Science Olympiad Board of Directors, and the Maryland Title I Committee of Practitioners.

Stephanie Rodriguez

Afterschool Alliance

Stephanie Rodriguez is the Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance, an organization working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Stephanie advocates for out-of-school time STEM learning and spreads awareness of its role in encouraging students to pursue activities and careers in STEM fields. Stephanie previously was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation where she worked on efforts to broaden participation in computer science and other STEM fields.

Vanessa Jones

Austin ISD Technology Design Coach

Vanessa Jones is a Code.org Texas Facilitator and works as an Instructional Technology Design Coach for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. Vanessa is one of the lead writers for the K12 Computer Science Curriculum Frameworks concept and practices document (k12cs.org). She is also a moderator for the Intel Education Engage Community and a National PBS Teacherline Facilitator as well as an Educational Ambassador for the Discovery Education, BrainPoP and Edmodo communities.

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