Posted: Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:05 am EST
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.
Name: Michelle Perry
Title: Technical Assistance Consultant
Work Location: Rockville, MD
Years on project: 7
Role on project: Community Engagement Lead
COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS) AND YOU
What have you learned working with this community?
I've learned that CS teachers are passionate about what they do and get very excited when students or other educators find their own passion for CS, even if in small ways.
What do you enjoy most about working on CS for All Teachers?
It's actually a pretty interesting community to support. You see connections being made, learn what CS educators are interested in, and get to know members a bit more personally.
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What is your first memory about CS?
Playing Oregon Trail on a computer in grammar school - the one with the big black floppy disks where you had to type in commands to run the game. Computer class was the best part of the week!
Outside of CS for All Teachers, what types of projects do you work on?
I currently manage a large technical assistance center focused on the education of neglected or delinquent children and youth, as well as a project that provides support to state adult education programs. I have previously worked on a variety of projects using communities of practice for teachers' professional development or peer support.
What program or app can you absolutely not live without? What makes it so indispensable?
Surprisingly (or not), I live mostly tech-free away from work and use very few apps. I can go without my phone for days and often leave it behind!
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?
When I get the opportunity, which is not often, I like to bake or craft. I used to be fairly proficient at crocheting, specifically baby items.