Greetings to everyone!
My name is Nicholas Lake. I live in California, and was born and raised in the Los Angeles area (Pasadena), and now live in the San Francisco Bay area (Vallejo).
I work at a charter school in San Francisco, teaching high school, so I have students in all grades in my class. I am a special education paraprofessional, and work as a SpEd para for 6 periods a day, and teach a TEALS Introduction to Computer Science class during my remaining release period.
I have been made aware of the resources offered by Code.org by workshops about how to become a CS teacher I attended that were put on by the SFUSD. As I'm always looking for new curricular ideas to help my students expand their minds, and to make connections with my fellow colleagues, I am eager to join the community.
This is my fourth year teaching computer science. I also founded and ran the competitive robotics team (FIRST Robotics) at my school-site for its three years of existence, and when the principal offered me the teaching position for CS, I jumped at the chance. As my background and degree are in history, I enjoy bringing an historian's perspective to the fast-paced changes that the world is undergoing. My first couple of years, I kept myself a few weeks ahead of the students, and have now gained a significant comfort level in STEM education; I was always a polymath and polyglot, but had not previously had the opportunity to learn computer science through any hands-on means.
I am eager to find a credential program that will let me earn my mathematics credential so that I can teach computer science full-time, and am excited for the opportunity to pick the brains of other, far more experienced computer science teachers here.
My favorite ice cream flavor is the (much maligned) vanilla. Its incredible flavor versatility is often overlooked. Yes, everyone's had generic, boring vanillin-flavored soft-serve, but I hope everyone has also sampled the subtle flavor delight of a hand-churned French vanilla. Also, if anyone can point out to me any delicious vegan ice creams, I'm eager to try them (as a life-long vegetarian, I'm always looking to expand my repertoire).