CSP Forum Introductions


#1
In our online PD you will have many opportunities to connect with other teachers through a forum. Take this opportunity to introduce yourself by sharing the same information that each of the facilitators shared on the previous level. **In your first post take a minute and introduce yourself by sharing your teaching background and any hobbies or pastimes you enjoy!**

#2

Welcome to the online forum! take a few minutes to introduce yourself to others completing the PD.


#3

My name is Bill McFall and I am a science and math teacher at Troy Jr. / Sr. High School. I have taught algebra and geometry and assisted with Calculus 1. I also teach physical science currently and I am qualified for all science and math courses in grades 6-12. This year I taught 5 different math or science classes every school day. My current hobbies include hunting and many other outdoor activities.


#4

Hi ! My name is Luis H. Parra and I have been teaching Science in middle school for over 17 years, mainly 7th Grade.


#5

My name is Patrick and this is the end of my 8th year in the Chicago Public Schools. I have taught the traditional “MS Office & Keyboarding” class, AP CS, Gaming Concepts (CTE program) and used pieces of the ECS curriculum within all of them.

I am the head varsity baseball coach, asst. boys softball coach, moderator of the WWE club and help with the school’s student IT club.


#6

Hi, my name is Mondy. I am a math teacher for LAUSD in California. i teach 7th and 8th math. I have been for 7 years and i was a substitute teacher for 8 years. I love working with teens. They have lots of energy and they help me feel and stay young. i enjoy my job and trying to help and make a difference.


#7

My name is Jim Winn. I have been teaching for 20 years. My latest schooling experience as a student was completing a Ph. D. program at the UofI. My focus was on non-traditional learners and environments. I am excited to learn new things that will help students with differing learning styles…that is pretty much all students. I am excited to meet everyone!


#8

My name is Sangeeta Bhatnagar and I have been teaching Math and Computer Science for 13 years. I currently teach in a public high school in San Jose, California. For the past two years, I have been teaching Computer Science full time. I teach ECS and AP CS. I will be piloting the CSP course next year.


#9

Hello, I am Tom Thompson. I am currently teaching Computer Science and Engineering at Westlake High School in Waldorf, MD. I taught the ECS course last year, and will be adding CSP next year. I am looking forward to the training, and learning something new!


#10

Hey Mathematicians,

No, I don’t teach Math actually, but with Computer Science you end teaching all subjects and mathematics plus Coding equals a great time. I have taught at Post Falls Middle School for the past 10 years. Before those glorious times I was an instructional coach for eight years at the University of Idaho. And prior to all the educational classes I was in the real world of electronics/mechanical engineering building slow motion movie cameras, 35mm film winders, truck /nuclear scales, keyboards and firstly a field service representative in the music industry. It’s been an exciting life and technology has been the main focus for over 45 years of my life. I say 45+ years as when I was a wee-lad my grandmommy and Grandpappy gave me my first electronics lab that sparked my interest in technology. Now look at me.


#11

Hello Everyone,
I am an Instructional Coach with Chicago Public Schools in the Computer Science for All Program. Although I have never taught Computer Science, I do have a teaching certification in Business Education and have taught Computer Education. I also have a Master’s Degree in Technology and Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. I am excited about this curriculum and the positive change we can make for our students. I believe this computer science curriculum will have a tremendous impact and I am anxious to support our classroom teachers with instructional strategies and proven best practices. These are very exciting times!


#12

Hi all,
Next school year will be my 3rd year teaching Computer Science. I have taught ECS and APCS for the past two years. My background is in Computer Science so I am very thrilled to be a part of this journey. I have a B.S. degree in Computer Science. I have a full Math teaching credential. I have taught various Math class for four years in total.
I hope to learn and share ideas with all of you. I like to cook and travel. I have an adorable 5 year old dog (Cocker Spaniel).


#13

HI My name is Tiffani and I teach at Cypress Bay High School. I have been fortunate to teach computer science for the last four years. Before teaching computer science I taught various math courses and although I enjoyed teaching math, teaching computer science students is a lot more fun and rewarding. I am looking forward to teaching the new CSP class.


#14

Katie Lavin

Teaching Experience

  • Spent five years at a private school in Chicago teaching 7th - 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra and 6th - 8th grade Earth, Life, and Physical Science
  • Last seven years have been at a Chicago Public School on the near south side. My first three years here were teaching 6th - 8th grade Science, since then I have transitioned to the K - 8 Technology Teacher and Technology Coordinator for my school.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Obsessed with soccer and still play competitively! Can’t wait for the start of the World Cup this weekend
  • Love Ireland, the game Rummikub, and photography

#15

I am under your program in CPS and look forward to working with you!


#16

Hi, My name is Pat Mariscal and I have taught science for the past 7 years. I am currently teaching 8th grade science and will begin to also teach a program through PLTW called, Medical Detectives. I am excited to learn more about this class and what it can offer my students. I look forward to meeting all of you in the next couple of weeks!


#17

My name is Melody Stahl and I have been teaching Java Programming, AP CS A, Digital Electronics and Designing Technology Solutions (aka ECS) for the past 6 years. I taught other subjects like Web Design and Visual Basic before that. I enjoy learning new things and love to travel! I am looking forward to teaching the new CSP course.


#18

Hello all, Joey Pascal from Spokane, WA here. This is my 18th year of teaching Career & Technical Ed. I have taught a host of classes relating to and not relating to technology. My tech class path has been Keyboarding - Comp Apps - Alg Comp Apps - Web Design - ECS and now I will be adding the AP CSP Pilot to the list.

During my down time (ha ha… like teachers have a lot of that) I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking (and eating), baking, knitting, and reading. I also enjoy exploring the world through the eyes of my (nearly) 2-year-old son.


#19

Hi, my name is Melanie Kalmar and I teach computer science and business classes at Tuscarora High School in Frederick, Maryland. I have been teaching for 11 years and I am looking forward to incorporating this curriculum into my Foundations of Computer Science (CSP) class next school year.


#20

Hi, my name is Anthony Competiello and I teach A+ Computer Repair, Networking, MS Office and Computer Science at William E. Grady HS in Brooklyn, NY. I have been teaching for close to 9 years. In my free time I like to travel, play games and spending time with family.