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Myra Deister Candidate Statement
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AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE

Myra Deister

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I was drawn to computer science over 25 years ago and accepted employment in another school district for the opportunity to teach computer science. My passion for computer science has provided the opportunity to take on an advisory role to the feeder district about building a pipeline for CS beginning with elementary students, to junior high students and on to my district high school students. Additionally, I have worked as a member of ACCESS to update computer science teacher credentialing in California, added CS Principles to my district course catalogue, and actively participated in my local CSTA chapter. I desire to serve on the board of directors because I am excited about the new direction that CSTA is embarking on. I want to continue to assist with not only the Governance changes but in furthering the opportunities to support current and new computing teachers with recruiting, pedagogy and curriculum.

 

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

As an active member of my local CSTA chapter, I have presented at our meetings both the information I gathered at conference attendance and my experience with new pedagogy and curriculum that I have used to increase the interest and understanding of the students on my campus in computer science. I also serve on the Computer Science curriculum committee for my district where I share the importance of computer science with district administrators and have taken on the leadership role in negotiating articulation agreements with the local state college for the district computer courses.

 

WHAT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE WITH CSTA?

My experience with CSTA includes serving as the K-12 Board Representative for 2 years and At-Large Representative for 6 years as well as a local chapter officer. As a CSTA board member I have served on the membership, communications and mini-grant committees, served on K – 8 Task Force, submitted blog posts, participated in and moderated the CSTA Listserv, participated in the K-8 Twitter chats, consulted with state assembly people, assisted other teachers with starting computer science classes at their schools, and have served as Governing Committee Chair. I continue to promote membership in CSTA to all teachers.

 

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

I have honed my leadership skills through my participation as a local CSTA chapter officer, accreditation team member, local Computer Using Educators (CUE) board member, school district budget committee member, NEA CTE Caucus Cabinet member, campus representative and negotiations team member for the teachers’ union. Through my service in these organizations I have learned to present my point of view succinctly, listen to others, and suggest time efficient solutions to problems. I have, in every position, carried through with assigned tasks promptly and researched and presented innovative solutions.

 

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

The important issues facing computer science education are access to computer science courses, professional development and lack of diversity. The announcement of the president’s “Computer Science for All” initiative has created an opportunity for CSTA to increase their effort in these areas. This announcement has opened the door to more advocacy efforts with state legislators for expanded computer science offerings through CSTA support to the local chapters. With expanded offerings comes the need for professional development. CSTA should be at the forefront of this effort as a result of the quality conferences and professional development opportunities that CSTA is known for.

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