In December of 2014, I was recognized along with 99 teachers from across the United States, as a leader in Computer Science education. Educators from across the United States traveled to the 100 Teachers Meeting in Washington D.C. for a 2 day workshop thanks to the National Science Foundation, NSF, and National Center for Women & Information Technology, NCWIT.
What an honor it was to meet and collaborate with many other educators passionate about building Computer Science programs across the nation. Our time together was invaluable, sharing strategies for creating & running programs, recruiting students, other professional development opportunities & resources, as well as a visit to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House.
Although I didn’t get to meet President Obama, I did get to meet one of my heroes at the EEO, Hadi Partovi. He favorited my tweets. 🙂 Hadi and his twin brother Ali co-founded Code.org to promote the Hour of Code. I highly encourage you to take a look at their website, code.org, the Hour of Code Video Chats on YouTube or Hadi’s TEDx Talk. Code.org launched the Hour of Code a global event that runs during CS Ed Week. In addition to meeting Hadi, I also meet and spoke to Jessica Alba via a video chat while visiting the EEO.
A big thank you to all of the groups that work behind the scenes to help the CS movement starting with the NSF and NCWIT for providing me with this opportunity! A personal thank you my Massachusetts friends from the CSTA, MassTLC Education Foundation, MassCAN, CAITE, code.org and people like Kelly Powers, Jim Stanton, Steve Vinter, Heather Carey, Rachel Nicoll, Renee Fall, Padmaja Bandaru, David Petty, Fred Martin, Mark Sherman and Josh Sheldon for creating computer science opportunities for students and educators in Massachusetts and beyond. My apologies if I have missed anyone.