2020-21 CS for All Teachers Community Ambassadors

CS for All Teachers is elated to announce the fourth cohort of community ambassadors who will lead engagement activities within the virtual community of practice. These individuals were selected through a blind review process from an incredibly talented group of 60+ teacher leaders. 

Kiki Carrozza

Kiki Carozza is a middle school computer science teacher and VEX IQ robotics coach at Greenwich Academy, a PreK-12 school for girls in Greenwich, Connecticut.  She is passionate about providing opportunities for young women to get excited about computer science and empowering all learners to find their own personal connection to CS. Kiki also has over 15 years of experience leading workshops for educators and enjoys partnering with content area teachers to develop cross-curricular projects. Most recently, her interests include mixed reality environments and how student-created virtual worlds can enhance both computer science and content area learning. 

 

 

Myra Deister

Myra Deister has taught CS and Mathematics in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District in Fullerton, California for more than 30 years on topics including Fundamentals of Computer Science, Visual Basic, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science AB. Myra likes to collaborate with other teachers in person and on social media and share strategies that offer promise for students to reach their greatest potential. She is a regular contributor to many Facebook groups, including CUE CS Learning Network.  

 

 

Naomi Harm
 

Naomi Harm is a National K-12 global STEM educator and women-in-leadership specialist. In her role, Naomi teaches educators beginner and intermediate courses on the why for CS and CT in grades K-8 utilizing Code.org, CSTA, Intel Education, ISTE, Google CS First, and Lego Education curriculum frameworks.  She regularly shares learning activities, lessons and professional on social media, and strongly supports girls and young women pursuing careers in STEM and engaging in purpose-driven passion projects. 

 

 

Vanessa Jones

Vanessa Jones is a Technology Design Coach for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. She is a Code.org facilitator for CS Fundamentals, CS Discoveries and CSF DeepDive. She is also a member of the CSedWeek/Hour of Code Advisory Committee. Ms. Jones was one of the writers for the K-12 Computer Science Framework with a focus on Equity in Computer Science https://k12cs.org/ and is a member of the 100in10 Diversifying the STEM Teacher Pipeline Project Team. 

 

 

Rebekah Lang

Rebekah Lang is a lifelong teacher and learner who has taught in public, charter, private, and online settings for middle and high school students for the past 12 years. During her last three years of teaching AP CSP online, Rebekah has worked to learn everything she can about the subject, including attending: CSPd week once, the annual CSTA conference three times, and the Code.org Professional Learning Program. She has also participated in Cooperative Learning in CSP Classrooms Research and worked as an AP CSP online distributed reader for the last three summers. She is proof that with hard work and continued effort, anyone can learn to code or to teach coding! 

 

 

Jen Manly

Jen Manly is a Computer Science Master Teacher for the Terrapin Teachers Program at the University of Maryland. In this role, she teaches computer science at both the high school and college level. She has previously taught middle school computer science, and has successfully implemented structural change and active recruiting strategies to expand access among diverse student groups. She has previously served as a Project Lead the Way Master Teacher, and has presented at ISTE, CSTA, and ITEEA. 

 

 

Yolanda Payne

Yolanda Payne has been in love with computers since her parents bought a Tandy computer from Radio Shack. With over 21 years of education experience ranging from Pre-K to College, Payne hopes that her love of learning is the legacy left behind. Currently a Constellations Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, she assists teachers with implementing advanced CS courses in high schools.  An avid Raspberry Pi user, she also hosts Girls Who Code and Code Club chapters at the middle school where she formerly taught. 

 

 

Carol Ramsey

Carol Ramsey has teaching experience in K-12, higher education and industry. Carol researched using narrative as pedagogy to increase interest and engagement in STEM for girls and managed programs developing equity-focused curriculum and teacher professional development.  She also has a computer science degree and twenty years of experience as a software developer and program manager. She strives to bring positive tech experiences to under-represented students, to support more student opportunities and a more diverse tech work force. 

 

 

Lisa Rode

Lisa Rode teaches sixth grade at Kings Glen Elementary in Fairfax, Virginia. CS has transformed Lisa’s own classroom—she includes programming and robotics into all the subjects she teaches. She is passionate about advancing the integration of programming, computational thinking, and physical computing into all elementary school subject areas.  Lisa was chosen the 2019 Fairfax County Public Schools Outstanding Elementary Teacher. 

 

 

Omar Shepherd
 

Omar Shepherd is a Curriculum Specialist in STEM and Career Education with the Orange County Department of Education. A primary focus of his work is increasing equity and access for all students to engage in Computer Science. Omar serves as an ambassador for Girls Who Code (GWC); facilitator for Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP-CSP) for Code.org; president, Orange County Chapter, Computer Using Educators (OCCUE); as well as regional partner with the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC) to bring ensure access to competitive robotics experiences for ALL students in the region. 

 

 

Michelle Choi Swensson

Michelle Choi Swensson is an Instructional Technology Facilitator and teacher on a special assignment for the Los Angeles Unified School District. At her elementary school, she created a Digital Makerspace that incorporates coding and physical computing through STEAM projects using Scratch, MakeCode, Makey Makeys, Circuit Playgrounds, Micro:bits, Edison Robots, Dash Robots, and RaspberryPis. Recently, she created an introductory Minecraft Summer Program for her district for K-5 students. Michelle believes that the best way she can support teachers and grow in her profession is to learn continuously, collaborate with a diverse group of learners, and creatively communicate the new learnings with other educators. 

 

 

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Andrea Wilson Vazquez is a teacher and innovative instructional coach at an alternative high school outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she specializes in engaging students with a variety of unique learning needs through creative problem solving with technology and maker education. Andrea is also the Director of Educator Training with Code Savvy, a non-profit that empowers youth and educators with knowledge, skills and support to create new things with computer science, while interrupting and counteracting gender, racial and economic gaps in computing.