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.”