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AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE

Michelle Lagos

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I have been a Computer Science teacher for over 15 years, working in an underdeveloped country in Latin America. I’ve had the privilege to serve on the CSTA Board of Directors in the past and recently on several task forces. The international community of CSTA and its members require special attention since we share the same struggles as US teachers regarding budget restrictions, lack of resources, a diminishing importance given to the subject matter by the government and its administrators, as well as a lack of professional development opportunities. CSTA has an enormous opportunity to provide resources and support to these teachers in many countries, making CS education a truly global affair. My international experience and ongoing relationship with CSTA motivates and qualifies me to help others in a similar situation.

 

WHAT EXPERIENCES AND/OR INTERESTS IN K-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION QUALIFY YOU TO SERVE AS A LEADER FOR THE ORGANIZATION?

I have been a K-12 CS teacher for over 15 years. I have taught all levels starting in Kinder all the way to 12th grade. I am currently the CS department head for my school, member of the School improvement committee that analyze and recommends how to improve the school in all areas, I also work with the Core leadership team that is in charge of reviewing and improving the school’s academic curriculum and also work as technology integrationist. With this I have enabled my school from making the transition of teaching technology education to offer Computer Science courses throughout all divisions, adopting the CSTA standards.

 

WHAT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE WITH CSTA?

I had the privilege of serving as the International representative for the term of June 2012-July 2014. I also served in the Curriculum committee, K-8 committee, Chaired the International committee. One of the projects that I promoted during my time on the board is the translation of the CSTA K-12 Standards to Spanish. I am currently working as a member of the Computational thinking task force. I have also volunteered to work during the CSTA conference last summer.

 

WHAT LEADERSHIP SKILLS DO YOU HAVE THAT WOULD ENRICH THE BOARD AND THE ORGANIZATION?

I already work in a leadership position at my school and know the amount of time and work it implies. I believe that the best leader is the one that is not the head of the team all the time but is a team worker and knows how to balance delegating work and the amount of self responsibility. The fact that I already served in this position before allows me to know the needs our international member community has and the kind of projects, events that might will create a greater impact on this part of the CSTA community.


WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR K-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION?

  1. Explaining the difference between Technology Education and C.S.E. as clearly as possible. I deal with many people involved in education still believe they are the same thing and the courses they offer as CS are really Tech. Ed.
  2. Believing students must have a certain level of previous knowledge to start learning CS. This generates a debate as to which grade is the best one to begin a CS course.
  3. Advocating for “non techie” students, helping them understand that CS is used in many areas of their real life as well as debunking the CS student stereotype.

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