ECS Forum Introductions (16-17 school year)


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In our online PD you will have many opportunities to connect with other teachers through this forum. **In your first post, take a minute and introduce yourself by sharing your teaching background and any hobbies or pastimes you enjoy!**

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I am Quinn Allred from Taylorsville High School.I have one year of teaching experience. I enjoy tennis, golf and family.


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My Name is Rob Fitzgerald. I teach at South Hills High School in West Covina, Ca. I have taught for 20 years in the public school system, 30 miles east of Los Angeles. I coached baseball, football and golf at my high school. Currently, I teach beginning computers to High School Freshman.


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My name is Alex Macsuga. I teach Digital Design 1 & 2 at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, FL. I will be adding ECS next year for 9th Graders. I love all things tech, and this looks very cool!


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Ryan Bogart, I teach multimedia productions to 10-12 students in Waldorf, MD. I also coach JV softball and I am a mother of an 8 year old girl.


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My name is Michele Widener. Starting in August I will be teaching at the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, a brand-new all-girls STEM school in LAUSD. I love everything to do with Star Wars


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Flint Christensen, Computer Science teacher at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA. Hobbies include outdoor activities in the SF Bay Area and running.


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Hi from the opposite coast! Ditto the “all things tech” category.


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Hello All, Keith Brice from Gwynn Park High School. I currently teach Web Development, AP Computer Science, and Foundations of Technology. I look forward to working with you all this summer.


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Hi! I’m Malorie Carlini, Code.org ECS Program Manager and work at the Seattle office. I’ve been with Code.org for the past 2 years and worked at Seattle Central College before that. I love camping, leisurely hikes and going to see live music in the city. Looking forward to connecting with you all this next year!


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Hi, My name is Charmaine Bentley.

I teach at the Patton Academic Center in Dallas ISD.

This year was my 28th year of teaching - except for my student teaching in Oklahoma, all of my experience has been Dallas.

I have many hobbies but nowadays what time that isn’t spent at school, focuses on my dogs (Sally and Champ) and fish (koi and goldfish).

I have one daughter, 34, who lives in L.A.

I am looking forward to working with ECS - I think that the program will be ideally suited to the needs of our students.


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Hello!

My name is Korrin Bonnigson. Next year will be my 12th year teaching, 4th in Montgomery County, Maryland. Prior to MCPS, I taught in Ohio for 8 years.

This year I am making the transition to CS from the Art world. I have taught grades spanning from 4-12 in my career and both studio and digital art.

At some point, my last name will be Villman, as I am getting married on July 1. My hobbies include graphic design, web design, drawing, painting, good music, and (after a lifetime of just being the nerdy art kid) CrossFit.

I love dogs, but am highly allergic, so I have a rescue-pekepoo (pekingese/poodle), Sebastian.

I am excited to work with all of you!


#13

Hi!

My name is Beth Harper and I teach in Anaheim, California. I have been teaching for 17 years, mainly mathematics.


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Hi my name is Jill Judkins, I am a first year teacher and loving it! I just graduated from Utah State a year ago. My hobbies are racquetball and pickle ball.


#15

Hello.
My name is Teresa Rex. My students call me T-Rex.
I have been teaching CTE for 21 years.
I love boating, reading, and traveling.


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Hello from Idaho! My name is Susie Jones. I have been teaching for 21 years. I have taught math and physical science, but have been the librarian at Buhl High School for the last 15 years. I love skiing, hiking, gardening, reading and knitting. I also love playing with new technology and look forward to introducing CS to Buhl High School.


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Hi! My name is Cherie Anderson, I am a team leader for elementary school technology specialists in Granite School District in Salt Lake City Utah. I became an educational technology specialist after 10 years of teaching 5th and 6th grade at a highly impacted Title One school. My hobbies are baking, gardening, being with my family and marvelling at the two brightest grandchildren in the known world. While I get to work with an amazingly brilliant team of specialists who teach me about teaching with technology all the time, I think my favorite assignment/passion at work is facilitating the 30 First Lego League teams that my department sponsors, and experiencing the amazing things our coaches do to give kids an opportunity to be self directed, self motivated, cooperative teams who learn in the course of a very few months to be collegial, to problem solve and oh yes, to program Lego robots. It’s amazing!


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You’ll have to explain pickle ball…new to me, but a quick google helped. Is it harder to play than tennis?


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Hi. My name is Heather Hennis and I have been in education for over 18 years. I am looking forward to this workshop.


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Hey everyone! My name is Farrah Salem and I have been enrolled at UWF for my Master’s in Ed. for a year now! I am from Miami, FL and have had the pleasure of teaching here for two years. I started my first year as a Teach For America Corps member teaching Chemistry and Physical Science. Toward the end of my first year teaching I was offered a Digital Media & Technology position at the school that I went to high school with. At my home school I have had the opportunity to work my way up as a department head AND head of the Digital Media & Entrepreneurship magnet programs.

I was born to a Cuban mother and Pakistani father. I was born and raised in Miami, but plan to move to Austin, Texas in the next few months. My father’s health issues have prevented me from doing it even sooner! I hope to travel the entire world one day and I love adventure. Some of my other hobbies include Yelp, thrifting, and Reddit.

I want to be a school leader because I thrive on organization and culture-building. I truly believe that kindness is key, and enjoy making others happy. I would love to create a strong school culture that encourages faculty engagement and student learning.

Five words that someone close to me would use to describe me are: spontaneous, optimistic, scattered, high-energy, and kind.

Hope to hear from you all!