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Staff Spotlight: Maria Payri

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Each month, we highlight a member of the CS for All Teachers community. Here, we get to know a staff member on the CS for All Teachers project team.

Maria Payri

Maria Payri



Name: Maria Payri

Title: Researcher

Work Location: Chicago, IL

Years on project: 4

Role on project: Evaluation task lead, website support



What have you learned working with this community?

I've learned a lot about teachers, not just CS. I am impressed with how devoted everyone is and how they go out of their way to learn to teach a subject they might not be familiar with.

What do you enjoy most about working on CS for All Teachers?

Learning the behind-the-scenes for making a website work; looking at data trends of website activity and being able to link it to different events related to CS for All Teachers during the year.

Write a poem or haiku describing what working with this community and fellow CS for All Teachers staff is like.

We are family (sing this)

We break things, we fix things

But most of all, we support people



What is your first memory about CS?

Learning how to develop 3-D animations with code back when you needed commands to use a computer. Both my brothers became CS majors, but I've forgotten how to do all the cool things they taught me.

Outside of CS for All Teachers, what types of projects do you work on?

I work on data collection tasks for different education and youth development projects.

What program or app can you absolutely not live without? What makes it so indispensable?

Besides the texting app, I would have a hard time not being able to use Spotify or Pandora, as I am always listening to music.

How do you unwind or recharge after a long day (week, month, etc.) of work? Any hobbies, special talents, or favorite vacation spots you'd like to share?

I am totally addicted to rock climbing. I have only tried it at the gym so far, but can't wait to go outside and climb real mountains! Yoga is a second favorite, and I love cooking and coming up with new recipes every week.