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2016 Standards Revision Task Force

2016 CSTA Standards Revision Task Force Leadership

Deborah Seehorn, Co-Chair

Deborah Seehorn recently retired as a Business, Finance, and IT Education Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Before working at the NCDPI, Deborah taught high school business in Whiteville and Hallsboro, NC. Prior to those teaching positions, Deborah taught Basic and COBOL programming, Database Management, and Microcomputer Systems at San Juan Community College in Farmington, New Mexico. Prior to that, she taught Algebra I and Basic Computer Programming to 9th graders at Tsé Bit 'ai Junior High School in Shiprock, New Mexico. She began her career at Lejeune High School in Camp Lejeune, NC, teaching high school mathematics. She currently serves as the Past-Chair of the CSTA Board of Directors.


Tammy Pirmann, Co-Chair

Tammy Pirmann is the district coordinator for Computer Science and Business at the School District of Springfield Township, Montgomery County, PA, as well as a high school computer science teacher. Computer Science has been a graduation requirement at Springfield since 2009. Tammy is currently a doctoral student at Gwynedd Mercy University in Educational Leadership and is serving on the Board of Directors of the Computer Science Teachers Association. She has won the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award and is passionate about access to computer science education as an equity issue.


2016 CSTA Standards Revision Task Force Members

Leticia Batista

Leticia Batista has been an elementary teacher for nine years. She currently teaches Kindergarten in Oxnard, California. Leticia is passionate about technology as a tool for second language acquisition. She loves exploring how Computer Science can be used by students to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills to meet kindergarten CCSS. She enjoys teaching Kindergarten by seeing the natural curiosity of imagination with her students as they learn through play and program robots. She is currently collaborating with other educators in her county through VCSTEM in partnership with Cal State University Channel Islands to develop Early Learning opportunities through STEM. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership, is a Leading Edge Certified teacher, and just recently became an Apple Distinguished Educator. She has published her first interactive book, Primary Coders: Teaching with Unplugged Activities, and has presented at local and state conferences on various educational and technology topics.


Julia Bell

Julia Bell is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Walters State Community College. She was previously with NWACC in Bentonville, Arkansas as Networking Program Director and Systems Analyst for Fayetteville Police Department. TN Code Academy programming instructor, TN Achieves Scholars Mentor, Quality Matters Certified Designer and Course Reviewer, 2012 Faculty of the Year, Multiple Good as Gold Faculty Awards from Phi Theta Kappa and A.C.E. certified Forensic Examiner.


Laura Blankenship

Laura Blankenship is the Chair of Computer Science and the Interim Dean of Academic

Affairs at The Baldwin School, a pre K-12 school for girls in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She is passionate about encouraging young women to pursue careers in technology and Computer Science. She's worked in the area of technology and computing education since 2003. In 2015, she won the NCWIT Computer Science Educator Award. Over the past few years, many of her students have won the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. She is active in the CSTA, serving as the 9-12 Representative on the board, and she serves on the Equity and Curriculum Committee, among others.

Todd Lash

Todd Lash, co-founder of EdcampCU, has served as an elementary educator for the last 17 years, 10 years of which he was a school library media specialist. As an active member of CTRL-Shift (Creative Technology Research Lab), Todd has collaborated with individuals from all over the United States to help develop computational thinking opportunities targeted at children from all demographics. He is the co-winner of 2015 State of Illinois, Those Who Excel Award for Educational Teams and has presented on topics such as educational leadership, collaboration and computational thinking at numerous conferences. Todd’s current position is Instructional Coach and Teaching Specialist for Computer Science and Computational Thinking at Kenwood Elementary in Champaign, IL. He is currently working on the Pathways project and serves on the Computer Science Teachers Association elementary task force, as well as its standards revision team.

Irene Lee

Irene Lee is a research scientist at MIT's Scheller Teacher Education Program / Education Arcade. Formerly, Irene was Director of the Learning Lab at Santa Fe Institute. She is the Program Director of Project GUTS: Growing Up Thinking Scientifically and was the Principal Investigator of the New Mexico Computer Science for All, GUTS y Girls, and Yo-GUTC (Growing Up Thinking Computationally) programs. Irene received a BA in Pure Mathematics from the University of Chicago and an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is the Chair of the CSTA Computational Thinking Task Force and serves as a lead writer of the K-12 CS Frameworks and the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Previously, she designed and developed educational and video games for Electronic Arts and Theatrix Interactive and worked in informal education as a science specialist. Irene is the past president of the Supercomputing Challenge and the Swarm Development Group.

Daniel Moix

Daniel Moix has taught Computer Science since 2003 at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & Arts; College of the Ouachitas; and Bryant High School. He is Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Arkansas Vice-President, a member of the CSTA Computer Science Advocacy Leadership Team (CSALT), a member of the Councils of Chief State School Officers’ Computer Science Advisory Group, and Arkansas’ first K-12 Computer Science Education Specialist.


Dianne O’Grady-Cunniff

Dianne is currently working on projects to bring Computer Science to all students in K-12 as the Instructional Specialist for Computer Science and Technology Education at Charles County Public schools in Maryland. The county offered computer science in every school last year and will continue to expand the program this year. As part of the CS Matters in Maryland project, curriculum is being developed with teacher training for a rigorous high school class that has broad appeal and teaches computational thinking in a collaborative environment. As a Affiliate trainer, workshops for elementary teachers to learn how to incorporate code into their classrooms. Computer Science Education is my passion and I believe every child should have the opportunity to create with technology.


Lori Pollock

Lori Pollock is a Professor in Computer and Information Sciences at University of Delaware. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in CS at University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and 1983, respectively, and her B.S. in CS and Economics at Allegheny College in 1981. Her research focuses on program analysis for building better software maintenance tools, software testing, energy-efficient software, and computer science education. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and was awarded the University of Delaware's Excellence in Teaching Award and the University of Delaware's E. A. Trabant Award for Women's Equity. She has actively worked for improving the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in computer science for many years. She serves on the Executive Board of the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing (CRA-W). She is also leading Partner4CS, a project towards meeting the CS10K goals in the Delaware region.

Dylan Ryder

Dylan Ryder joined The School in 2012 with more than 10 years of educational technology experience in the K-12 and higher education environments. His goal is to help students and faculty use technology safely, responsibly and creatively - with particular attention to hands-on problem solving, engineering, computer science and robotics. Prior to joining The School, Dylan taught technology skills with the US Peace Corps in the Pacific island nation of Samoa, and was later the Technology Coordinator at Stevens Cooperative School. Always pursuing innovative pedagogy, Dylan has published articles on teaching computer programming to young students and has delivered workshops on integrating computer science and engineering into K-12 education for ISTE, ASEE, and at schools and universities around the country.


Vicky Sedgwick

Vicky is a K-8 Technology Teacher and Tech Trainer at St. Martin's Episcopal School in the Los Angeles area. In addition to this, she is also in charge of the IT department as well as being the webmaster for the school. While Vicky always wanted to be a teacher, she started out her professional life, not in education, but as a software designer and computer programmer writing Accounting, Property Management, and Construction Software and teaching others how to sell and install the software. Vicky is currently serving as a CUE Independent School Learning Network Co-Chair and presents at conferences on topics related to technology and education. She is also a member of the CSTA K-8 Task Group and helps to co-moderate the #csk8 chat every other week on Twitter.


Bryan Twarek

Bryan Twarek ("BT") is the computer science (CS) coordinator for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), where he is working to expand CS instruction to all students and all schools within San Francisco public schools. His goal is to ensure that all SFUSD students have equitable access to a rigorous and engaging CS instruction, from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. To this end, he oversees policy, curriculum development, and professional development. Previously, he worked as middle school dean, teacher, educational technology teacher on special assignment, and technology integration specialist. BT graduated from Yale University with a degree in psychology and human neuroscience. He earned his master's degree in urban education policy and administration from Loyola Marymount University. He also serves as a board member for CUE (Computer Using Educators) San Francisco.


Chinma Uche

Chinma Uche teaches Mathematics and Computer Science at the Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science and CREC's Academy of Aerospace and Engineering. She is an AP CS Principles Pilot instructor and co-PI of the NSF-funded Mobile CSP project. Chinma is also a K5 Affliate and the President of the Connecticut Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CTCSTA). She is a member of the Computer Science Advocacy Leadership Team (CSALT) and is committed to the mission of the CSTA which includes bringing Computational Thinking to all K-12 students. Chinma is also a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education's Computer Science Advisory Committee. Chinma holds Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Mathematics and a PhD in Biomathematics from Imperial College, London. She also holds Connecticut certification in Mathematics and a Connecticut Administrative license.

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