2021-22 CS for All Teachers Community Ambassadors

CS for All Teachers is elated to announce the fifth 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 teacher leaders. 

 

Leah Aiwohi

Leah Aiwohi has been teaching in Hawaii’s public school system for 32 years. With experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, Leah has found her teaching passion in the areas of STEM, media production, and computer science. She is a teacher-mentor but continually strives to keep herself informed and engaged in discussions. A priority for Leah has been to have active roles with STEM/CS initiatives at the District and State levels ensuring that underrepresented, rural students have equitable access to learning opportunities.

 

Shawn Patrick Higgins

Shawn Patrick Higgins is a coding and media arts teacher at Parkrose Middle School in Portland, Oregon. He has worked with youth in creative technology for 14 years and in the classroom teaching computer science for nine. Shawn specializes in project-based curriculums that fuse digital design, animation, audio, social, and games as a creative pathway to student success! 

 

Michele Lombardi
 

Michele Lombardi is the middle and high school computer science teacher at The Ellis School, an all-girls independent school in Pittsburgh, PA. Michele strives to build a curriculum that inspires students to use computer science as a problem-solving tool and as a medium of expression. She wants her classroom to be one where each student feels valued and sees how they can use technology to positively impact their community. Michele is grateful for the support of the larger CS education community and enjoys sharing and learning with other teachers.

 

Vanessa Jones

Vanessa Jones is a Technology Design Specialist for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. Vanessa works at the district level to implement and facilitate blended and personalized technology integrated learning experiences. She is also a CSTA 2021-2022 Equity Fellow and facilitates Code.org's CS Fundamentals and CS Discoveries programs. Vanessa is an online facilitator and course designer for the University of Texas at Austin’s Strategies for Effective and Inclusive Computer Science Teaching (SciPs) course. 

 

Rebekah Lang

Rebekah Lang is a lifelong teacher and learner who has taught middle and high school students a broad range of subjects for the past 13 years. She is in her fifth year of teaching online for PA Homeschoolers AP Online, where she is teaching about 120 worldwide students AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, and Honors Computer Science Discoveries. Rebekah values cross-curricular connections, creative problem solving, cooperative learning, rubber duck debugging and second chances (on tests, projects, and the rest of life). Her favorite holiday to celebrate with students is Pi Day because of the song parodies, circular foods, and relevance to all curricula. 

 

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 for Code.org; president, Orange County Chapter, Computer Using Educators; as well as regional partner with the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation to bring ensure access to competitive robotics experiences for ALL students in the region. 

 

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Andrea Wilson Vasquez 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.