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My name is Bo Gorcesky
I am a Digital Integration Specialist for Horry County Schools in Conway, SC
I primarily work with about 8 schools around the district, where I coach and help my teachers plan to use new and emerging technologies in a Blended Learning environment. Check out my team’s blog:

I used to be an art/digital arts teacher about five years ago. I had my students use Code.Org for the hour of code, and they had weekly assignments to do in Code Academy.

I have recently become an Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds, and I want to learn as much Coding/Programming/Computational Thinking that I can, so that in the Fall I can help my teachers plan to incorporate some of these things into their classrooms.


My name is Shannah Newman and I am the Technology Aide at Stevenson Elementary School in Mesa, AZ and I run the computer lab for K to 6th grades. I began my career in Computer science about 20 years ago building and repairing IBM compatible machines. Since then I have done networking, Data mining and database programming. After being laid off from the tech world twice I changed gears and became a Real Estate Appraiser only to once again find myself on the brink of losing my job with the market crash of '08. I decided to raise my kids for the next few years and go a bit out of touch with technology only to find that it’s literally everywhere these days. When I took over the lab here it was a mess and mostly used to play games (not always educational) instead of for real enrichment. My oldest has been “block” programming for a few years now and I seems like just about anyone can do it so I want to elevate the computer science program at my school and figured it was time for this old dog to learn some new tricks.


Howdy Partners,

My name is Kevin and I live in Northwest Indiana. I am the technology instructor for three elementary schools Pre K - 6th grade. At the start of the year, I was handed a copy of the new state and national standards and told to get the kids prepared. We have desktop computers in the computer lab and Ipads 1:1 to work with. A few websites were discussed, including code.org. Some of kids had done Hour of Code, plus a few levels of coursework, the year before. We jumped right into code.org full time. I attended a one day workshop in early December, then decided to go back to school for IT and Business Management. I am enrolled at Purdue Global. Love it!

I kept them on coursework most of the time, but, let them explore the Hour of Code tutorials for fun. They don’t get grades… They work for freetime. If they work hard and complete several puzzles, I let them do whatever they want for the last 10 minutes. Right before the holidays we worked on creating and remixing projects to post online and send to parents, over the phone. They loved that. The second semester, we switched gears a bit, and worked on typing skills. Now, I am letting them choose a website that involves coding. Next year, we will try a little more structure with code.org in the regular teacher classroom. Over the summer we are putting in a new maker space and supplying it with… anything we can! lol right? State test scores made a significant jump from fall to spring… so that’s good…

If you wanna get me something… chocolate chip is my goto flavor


Hi, I am Claudia and I teach special education Grades PreK to third in a Baltimore City Public School. I have been teaching here since 2001 when my hubby retired from 20 years in the Navy. We are now empty nesters and he is retired, retired but I am still working with some wonderful kids and thoroughly enjoy it. I have always had an interest in computers and would like to know what coding is all about and how to get my students interested to show them what their future could hold. We try to be part of a global community and technology is always a key component in this. I am anxious to learn more over the summer when I have time to explore.


Hello all,

My name is Sean and I’m a technology integrator in Orange County NY. I work with teachers and students to integrate technology into the classrooms. One thing I’m working to add more in is coding. The students love the Hour of Code so it seems like the next step is to add more coding to their classes. I currently work with all grade levels, but I have a special place for elementary level.

Oh… my favorite ice cream is anything with peanut butter or caramel, just not both at the same time.


Hello all, my name is Melanie Cutler and I live and work in Broward County, Florida. I teach afterschool coding clubs for 4th and 5th grade students and this summer I will be teaching coding to 3rd through 7th grade students (yikes!). I am interested in being part of this community to connect with other computer science educators and most of all to learn how to do my job better! So far I have used Code.org with both of afterschool coding clubs with great success, but I feel like I could polish my own use of these resources, that is why I am taking the online training for CS Fundamentals. Last but definitely not least, my favorite ice cream flavor is Rocky Road :slight_smile:


My name is Tara Macaulay. I live in Riverside, CA, and work at Del Sol Academy, a brand new K-8 STEAM school in the Jurupa Unified School District. I will be teaching Grades 6-8 Coding, Robotics, 3-D Printing and Physical Education, so will be on here for advice, tips and tricks! =)


Good Morning! My name is Sandy Ketterling and I am a High School Math Teacher. I am just started the Coding journey, so I thought I would start at the beginning.

I teach at Red Lake High School, which is on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota. We are a public school.

I am looking forward to teaching coding to my students!


Hi, Scott:
My name is Anselm, I’m a senior programmer at Alibaba. Maybe I can help you on computer skills.
My email: anselm009@126.com


Hi everyone,
My english name is Anselm, I’m from Hangzhou, China. I worked as a senior programmer at Alibaba. My programming language is C/Python/Golang. I have a son and a niece 7 years old, and I want to teach them computer science myself by using the resources at code.org. I also want to communicate with computer science teachers from world wide.

E-mail: anselm009@126.com


Hi, my name is Michelle and I teach at an alternative school in Arkansas. I currently teach 6-12 Math, and a slew of electives. I am the tech guru for my building and when we were asked if there were any electives that we could teach, I jumped at the chance to offer Computer Science with Coding for my students.I am starting with Code.org as I have played with the Hour of Code for a couple years now. I am super excited to start this journey and look forward to learning new skills to pass on to my kids.


I’m Mili, from Mumbai, India.
Currently I’m a Teacher Trainer and School Consultant.
I love infusing emerging technologies, research and gadgets as a tool to support teaching and learning and hence here I am.
I’m quiet a rookie when it comes to Coding but looks like I’ll master it soon!


Hi. I’m Tina Kovach from Cleveland, Ohio. I am starting a computer science class at a Montessori school in Tremont, which is part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School district. I’ve participated in Hour of Code for the last four years, but I really want to dig deep to prepare for my new position. I will have students from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade. You can follow me on Twitter @ubeme I just cleaned up my computer and removed all my class photos. All I have left is our mascot, the panther (:


Hello everyone, my name is Marina and Im from Karachi, Pakistan. Im doing my undergrad in computer science, and designing a computational thinking curriculum for grade one students as part of my summer internship. I will be visiting the school once a week after summer to teach as well. It is exciting to be part of this global community - I look forward to growing in this field and learning from all of you.

You can reach out to me over email (marina.shehzad@hotmail.com) or LinkedIn or Instagram etc.


My name is Liv (leaf) Perry. I teach in Morrisville, Vermont, USA. I am the Library/Media Specialist for our school of about 275 kids that serves K-4. I’ve done Hour of Code with all my students a few times, got a little more into coding with some Finch robots this year, and want to try out having my students access Code.org courses, whether in their classrooms or while they’re in the library with me. I want to do this K-5 course so I can promote taking it to my school’s faculty and for them to use Code.org.


My name is Lori Dupree I’m from Metairie, Louisiana. (Just outside of New Orleans.) I work at Kenner Discovery a pk-12 open enrollment charter school. I’ve been teaching computer studies (exclusively) for the past 5 years. Next year I will teach computer studies to 1st-6th graders. My students and I have been participating in Hour of Code for the past 4 years. I learned last Friday that I will be teaching a 5th grade and a 6th grade elective class next year, so I hope to learn enough over the summer to teach my students more advanced coding!
Here’s to new adventures! Oh, and definitely chocolate ice cream with any type of nuts!


Hey! My name is Cris, and I teach 1st grade at a private school in Texas. I love technology (minored in Computer Information Systems) and coding, and I want to expose the kids I teach to this wonderful world! Hopefully, it will impact them enough to make a career out of it someday. I plan to start an after school coding club next school year for Kinder through 7th grade, once or twice a week. I have some experience with Java but am looking forward to learning other languages with the help of this site.
As for favorite ice cream - Rocky Road all the way!


Hi, My name is Caz and I am the resource development coordinator at Redwood College in QLD Australia. We currently are a school of distance education so are looking for innovative ways to connect our students with solid learning about digital technology.


Hi! My name is Catherine. My 20 years of teaching included multiple grade levels and subjects before I took the leap to gifted education and eventually transitioned to a makerspace facilitator for the new Pike Road School System in Alabama where I empower learners through passion driven World Changer projects that are designed around ISTE standards. Our school system’s mission is to create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create. One way I work towards this goal is to guide my learners through the Code.org Fundamentals Express Course and assign several Scratch projects to further develop the basic blockly coding skills introduced in Code.org. As of now, I will continue facilitating the 6th grade makerspace this upcoming school year, but I am advocating for a computer science elective and robotics elective for all interested middle school learners.

I might be best known by my students for the phrase, “Be producers, not just consumers.”



Hello! My name is Eric Bloom and I am a K-6 STEM and computers teacher at Mountain View Christian School in Las Vegas, NV.

I am interested in learning more about computer science, coding, and how I can implement code.org into my classroom curriculum.