Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join
News & Press: Featured News

Infosys Foundation USA, ACM & CSTA Announce the Winners of the Awards for Teaching Excellence in CS

Friday, December 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Crucetti
Share |

Infosys Foundation USA (, ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (, the world’s leading computing society, and CSTA, the Computer Science Teachers Association (, are pleased to announce the winners of the Awards for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science. The ten individuals will each be awarded $10,000. 


 The ten winners are:

  •  Eric Allatta (Academy for Software Engineering – New York, NY)
  • Jacqueline Corricelli (Conard High School – West Hartford, CT)
  • Karen Donathan (George Washington High School – Charleston, WV)
  • Farrah Falco (STEM Magnet Academy – Chicago, IL)
  • Steven Floyd (Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School – London, Ontario, Canada)
  • Ray Kinne (San Diego High School – San Diego, CA)
  • William Lau (Greenwich Free School – London, England)
  • Robert Luciano (Pocono Mountain East High School – Easton, PA)
  • Daniel Moix (Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and Arts – Little Rock, AR)
  • Jared O’Leary (Desert Thunder School – Tolleson, AZ)


Funding for the awards is being provided by Infosys Foundation USA. “Computer science teachers in K-12/pre-university represent an emerging profession.  By founding this award, Infosys Foundation USA is sending a powerful message to computing educators worldwide that what they are doing is indeed important,” said Dr. Mark R. Nelson, CSTA’s Executive Director.

 Leaders from education, technology and business recognize that the demand for computer science education cannot be met in the coming years without a dedicated workforce of well-trained computer science teachers. ACM founded and houses CSTA, which has grown to more than 24,000 members in 146 countries, to address the need for qualified computer science educators.

 Congratulating the winners, Vandana Sikka, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA, said “We are pleased to celebrate and honor outstanding computer science teachers throughout the world. As technology transforms every aspect of our lives, computer science teachers shoulder a tremendous responsibility as stewards of our children’s CS education that will influence and shape our digital future.”

 “Great computer science education starts with great teachers,” explains Vicki L. Hanson, ACM President. “This new award reinforces our long-held goals of recognizing the contributions of computer science teachers and building a framework that supports their professional development.”

 The winners will be recognized at the 2017 CSTA Annual Conference, July 8-11 in Baltimore, MD. For more information, visit

# # #


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery ( is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.


About CSTA

CSTA, the Computer Science Teachers Association (, is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines at the K-12/pre university level. The Association for Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K-12/pre university computer science education. CSTA provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.


About Infosys Foundation USA

Infosys Foundation USA is focused on bridging the digital divide in America by supporting high quality computer science education and coding skills with a particular focus on underrepresented communities. It aims to give children and young adults the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology.  In pursuit of this mission the Foundation has partnered with internationally acclaimed non-profits and institutions like, New York Academy of Sciences,, and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Infosys Foundation USA committed a million dollars to the Infy Maker Awards to inspire makers across the U.S. to demonstrate creative excellence in making projects with genuine impact. Learn more at and follow on Twitter @InfyFoundation or Facebook at


© 2005-2017

The Association for Computing Machinery founded CSTA as part of its commitment to K-12 computer science education