Welcome! Please introduce yourself

My name is Brian LeCompte, I am a third grade teacher at Odenton Elementary School, Odenton Maryland, just outside of our State Capital of Annapolis. I have seen my media specialist teach an hour of Code each year with my students and see so many new Code stand-alone shops, and summer camps around this summer that I am curious what all of the fuss is about. We also have one hour per week assigned to teach in the computer lab, but lack any kind of curriculum. I feel this would give me something worthwhile to teach my students each week in the computer lab. I am interested in this community because I am interested in a community of like=minded individuals that can support one another in this endeavor.

I can be found at:

Twitter: @b_lecompte
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-lecompte/

My name is Stephanie. I am a K-5 library media specialist in Maryland. Looking forward to learning more about CSF from this online course through code.org!

Emma Ouska
Clarksburg ES
5th Grade Teacher Currently
Masters in STEM - so looking for more opportunities to develop my knowledge in those fields.

Definitely Rocky Road!


I am a full time professional software developer and homeschooling father. I’m using code.org to introduce programming and computer science concepts to my daughter, who will be starting 5th grade.


Hi all!
I’m Jane Castner and I teach 5th grade in Carrroll County, Maryland at Freedom Elementary. I want to help my students become more interested in coding. It will help them to become better problem solvers.

I am interested in ways that I can improve my craft and encourage my students to become interested more in how games are made, then just playing games.

Carol here … I provide professional learning for teachers in STEM classrooms. I am working on a class, the “T” in STEM and thought that one of the modules should be about coding … that is why I want get more familiar with resources available that I can share with the teachers in my class.

My name is emily - I teach in a magnet school 5th grade in Maryland. I have used hour of code and code.org in the past and hopet o broaden my knowledge and skills.

Hello All! My name is Aaron Robinson. I work at Welborn Academy of Science and Technology in High Point, NC. I teach middle school students (6th, 7th and 8th Graders). I want to connect with other CS Discoveries teachers to learn from their experiences and share my experiences throughout this year. I want to be the best teacher of this course and content.

Hi all,

My name is Saville Pickar and I am a teacher in Seattle, WA. I teach 1st grade in the Edmonds School District. This will be my second full year of teaching Code.org in my classroom. I am looking forward to learning to new tips and tricks for teaching computer science to my 1st graders!

Outside of the classroom I enjoy traveling, boating, and roaming the isles of Hobby Lobby :slight_smile:

HI! My name is Lori. I am a Kindergarten teacher in Maryland and have 0 experience teaching coding. But I love using technology with my class. I use Seesaw frequently and am anxious to use Kahoots and Flipgrid this coming year, too, in addition to coding. I’m glad to be a part of the community so that I can learn from all of you.
I’m on Twiiter @MrsSzeliga and Facebook.

My name is Tracy and I am a Reading Specialist in the Seattle area. I look forward to learning more about coding and computer use in the classroom. While my students will not be using computers in their time with me, I want to know about programs that may help them at home.

I’m Tim and I am a school librarian in Maryland. I know very little about coding, but believe that you are never too old to learn a new skill.

Hi, I’m Melanie. I’ve taught for over 15 years, but this will be my first year teaching Technology, and to grades K-8. I feel like I’m cramming for an exam right now, assembling curriculum especially for the middle schoolers and trying to learn what I’m going to teach. It’ll come together though. God is good, and I’m very grateful for this resource.


My name is Cassie. I live and work in Munich, Germany. I work for a nonprofit organization that assists girls in francophone West Africa to succeed in and stay in school. We are beginning to include digital literacy and STEM programs for our participants.

We intervene in the middle school years (6-8) though it’s the French school system so (6eme - 4eme).

I want to be part of the community as I want to develop our program using Code.org because there are so many online resources that the students can use.

My past experience with CS is as a student so now I’m trying to beef up my teaching knowledge.

A favorite mug is this one:

Finally, my favorite ice cream flavor is probably an Italian Melone sorbet/gelato.

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June 2015
Well this was a blast from the past. Alana is now a world class leader and champion for Code.org course work and learning!

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My name is Cynthia Frankowiak and I am brand new to teaching CS principles to my students and brand new in learning about CS principles!

Hi I am Claudia. I just finished my first year as an ESOL/ELL teacher for a second grade co-teach classroom and three plug-in second and first grade classrooms in Maryland. I would like to learn coding for my own knowledge and to help support any of the classrooms in which I work in. This is my first coding class and I see what a great tool it can be to further motivate students to discuss with each other specific instructions, ideas to problem solve and have fun at the same time.

My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip! Yum!

My name is Cassie Brickell and I teach in Edmonds, WA. I teach a multi-age classroom of 4/5/6 graders. I am interested in joining this community because I want to deepen my practical knowledge of coding. I understand the necessity of computational thinking and how to develop unplugged lessons that strengthen computational thinking. However, when my students were using code.org, I struggled to help them when students got stuck and were unable to work with a partner. I am hoping to become more familiar with the specifics of coding so that I can more confidently teach the subject and help my students who struggle with peer mentorship.

Hi! My name is Aileen Farrell and I teach middle school math in Maryland. This will be my second year teaching, and I am excited to learn more about computer science since I have no experience with it. I love using technology in my classroom, so I am excited to see how I can implement this next year.

Hello! My name is Sarah Hudson! I live in Seattle, WA, but teach in Edmonds School District. I’m in my 6th year of teaching 1st grade and am excited to further my education in how to teach computer science to my 6 and 7 year olds!