CSP Forum Introductions



My name is JJ. I am the Engineering teacher for the Stranahan’s Magnet program. I am
also teach the Dual Enrollment courses with FAU. I am looking forward
to the new school year and the new CSP course. Good luck,



Hello everyone, I am Vicky Wooten from Chicago. I transitioned into teaching about 10 years ago. This is my fourth career. I started as a secretary/administrative assistant, then into real estate management and sales, then information technology and when the economy crashed around 2002 and I couldn’t find work, started subbing at my high school while obtaining a MBA and fell in love with the kids and working at the school … so here I am.


My name is Gene Schwartzman. I teach at Northwest H.S., in Germantown, MD. I’m a career switcher, but I switched 17 years ago. I was a software engineer for 10 years, taught in a private school for 14 years and have now been teaching in a public school (starting 3rd year). During my time, I have taught just about everything - NXT Robotics, Visual Basic, Spreadsheets, Databases, AP CompSci A & AB, C++, Java, Computer Information Systems, and B&W Film Photography - and am currently teaching Foundations of Computer Science, Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and post AP CS course. I’m excited about teaching the CSP course as I think it’s extremely entertaining and fun way to teach it and students will love it.


Hello, my name is Dan Oster and for the past 19 years I’ve taught history and CTE courses at alternative high schools in Washington state. I am really excited for the opportunity that this program will offer our students!



My name is Sharon McPherson. I teach Programming, Advanced Programming, AP Comp Sci and now CS Principles at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, VA. The creativity and flexibility of this course will make it a favorite of both my students and myself.


My name is Tomeko Johnson-Smith. I teach CS, Web Design, and ECS for Charles County Public Schools in Waldorf, MD. I think the autonomy, collaboration, and interactivity will allow my students to have enriching experiences as they learn more about computer science and technology.


Hi. I am Keith Gordon a 2nd year teacher at a magnet school in Poolesville, MD. While relatively new to teaching, I spent a decade as a structural design engineer and another 25 years in the IT industry. Last year I taught Algebra 2, Magnet PreCalculus, and Calculus with Applications. This year I’m teaching Magnet PreCalculus and Fundamentals of Computer Science. I had a great time being introduced to this fantastic curriculum over the summer with CodeVa and look forward to continuing that journey with all of you.


I’m John Lesko. I’ve been teaching math for 20 years at Saint Joseph Academy, an all-girls high school in Cleveland, Ohio. I also served as Math Department chair for a dozen years or so. I have always had an interest in technology and computer science and recently shifted from teaching mostly math to teaching mostly pre-engineering and technology courses. Another teacher and I started a Makerspace in our school this year that I now manage as well. Its been great fun on a personal level to be able to explore new technology such as 3D printers, laser engravers, cnc routers, etc. I plan to teach AP CSP next year using the Code.org materials, which I am very impressed with.


Looking forward in trying to get the new CSPC approved today by our district. Stay tuned. We are very excited!


Hello! I am a high school teacher from Marysville School District, near Seattle, WA. This is my 18th year of teaching and CSP is the best curriculum I have every implemented. Love to do hands on activities that make my students problem solve and work together as a team. Looking forward to always learning. Thanks everyone for their input and participation.


Hello! I’m Susi Price from Hunt High School in Wilson, NC. I have been teaching Business, Marketing and/or Technology courses since Jan. 2005. I participated in my first Hour of Code this year and the 16-17 school year will be my first time teaching computer science courses. I’ve hit on some of the topics in my Scientific & Technical Visualization I and II and Game Art & Design courses. I am looking forward to adding this course at my school. Another high school in my county started this year and her kids have loved it.


My name is Roger Greenlee. I am the IT Specialist and computer teacher at Kunming International Academy in Kunming, China. I have lived in China since 2002 and love the country. My favorite food is 过桥米线.


My name is Hailey Silverstein. I’m an Earth Science teacher with certifications in Educational Technology Specialist and School Building/District Administration in New York. This is my 8th year teaching, and I’ve never taught any technology or programming class, but I’m really excited to help bring technology, creativity, and problem-solving together in one place. I’m nervous about learning and teaching the curriculum but I’m grateful that there are resources like this community and code.org for teachers new to the material (like me :blush:)


My name is Lori, I’m from South Florida and I have been teaching here for more than 20 years. I teach Career Technology courses including AP Computer Science A for the first time last school year. We’ll see soon how well my students have done. I’ve enjoyed learning computer science the past few years in preparation. I enjoy playing with the technology, most recently little robots. Currently, I am staying with some friends in the mountains on a lake.



I am Javier Bran. I have been teaching computers for over 10 years. I am currently teaching at Foshay L.C. in Los Angeles California. We are a Pre-K-12 school. I love teaching technology and love to see all my students creating something and learning anything that is available to them. By the way, I like walking, running, swimming, traveling, camping, watch movies and have fun!!!



I am sure you are going to love it as well as your students. Like always, we are always nervous about something new that we are about to start. You will be OK. I am happy for you. :blush:


My Name is Mutiga and I teach at Kennedy HS in Silver Spring Maryland. I have been teaching computer science for the last 11 years. I have taught AP Computer Science A for 5 years, an introduction to programming using C# and just completed my first year teaching ECS and looking forward to teaching the CSOP principles. I appreciate the effort CODE put in during the TeacherCon to help teachers explore the CSP curriculum framework and time spent exploring code studio. I love to travel and armature photography.


Hello, my name is Crystal Huis in 't Veld. I am a first time teacher and I will be teaching AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles for the 2016-2017 school year. I do have a degree in Computer Science and I recently passed the Computer Science Certification exam in Texas. I also worked in the industry for 20 years. I have been focused on my family for a few years and now I want to get back to work as a teacher. I love what I have seen so far of the Code.org curriculum and feel this approach is much better than asking students to commit to a year of coding when you want to introduce the wonderful world of Computer Science.


Hey, everyone. My name is Jonathan Lace, and I’m a first-time APCSP teacher at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, NJ. I currently teach iOS App Development and will the only teacher for this new course. Kudos to Code.org for this forum; I think it will come in very handy.

I’m interested in networking with other teachers to brainstorm about the course and possibly collaborate in some teaching strategies. Cheers!


Hi I am Barbara Smith:

I am a science and middle school special education teacher at Alex Haley Academy in Chicago. I have been teaching science for over 3 years and special education for a very long time! I am looking forward to this class.