Welcome! Please introduce yourself

Hello! I am Jen Braile, Principal of Westgate Elementary in the Edmonds School District in Washington State. We are a K-6 School of about 550 diverse learners. I am excited to go through Code PD and have a better understanding of what my teachers and students are expected to do. I am also excited to learn more about computer science!

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My name is Ellie Kim and I live and work in Lynnwood, Washington. I am new to the district I am currently at. I was hired after the school year started in a 4/5 split class. I am interested in being part of this community, mainly because I student taught/subbed at my current building and had fun on Code.org when teachers have used the program. It created an environment where students felt safe to explore on their own pace and even teach me some tricks.

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Hi Jen!

This is Ty Stevenson, and I represent Code’s Washington State regional partner, AVID. I’d love to chat with you more about the Code’s PD and curriculum and help direct you towards the answers of any questions you might have. Off hand, Marianne Costello–and educator in the Edmonds School District–is actually a Code.org facilitator, and might also be a good resource for you. Feel free to contact me at code@avid.org at your convenience and we can set up a time to connect after Thanksgiving.

Looking forward to chatting with you!

Ty Stevenson

Hello Ellie,

Thanks for your post! I hope you are enjoying Lynwood. My name is Ty, and I represent AVID, Code’s regional partner in Washington State. Feel free to contact me directly at code@avid.org at your convenience after Thanksgiving, as I’d love to learn more about your experiences and how we might be able to work with you to grow CS opportunities for students and staff!

Ty Stevenson

Nice to meet you, Kathy! This is Ty from AVID, Code’s regional partner in Washington State. Feel free to connect with me at your convenience at code@avid.org and we can chat about CS goings-on in the region!

Have a great Thanksgiving,


My name is Elaine S. McIlroy-Hargrove. I teach Fundamentals in our computer science class to Kindergarten through 5th grade. This is the first year for implementation of this program in Edmond Public Schools.

Last year I taught Discoveries to middle school, 6th through 8th grade, at a private parochial school. There was very little support for the program, and, in fact, the technology position was eliminated, so there went the Discoveries class.

Hey All,

My name is Kurtis Dolman, and I am a School Psychologist working in the Edmonds School District. I work primarily in the K-6 grades, and I am interested in learning more about STEM and continuing my professional development in multiple areas.

Find me on Twitter- @Kurt_14


Kurtis Dolman

Hi ! My name is Adeline. I am teaching French in Malaysia in an International school. Before I was an IT coordinator and I love teaching code. Now I have an after school activity with students from grade 3 to grade 5 who want to learn how to code.

Hello everyone! My name is Renee Wilson and I currently teach 6th grade at Cedar Way Elementary in Mountlake Terrace, WA. I am joining this community as a way to grow professionally and learn more about teaching CS. I have taught CS using code.org in the past, but I switched grade levels this year and thought this PD would be a great opportunity to become more familiar with the curriculum.

Previously, I have taken in-person PD using CS Fundamentals within my school district. Additionally, I have taken courses from Kiki herself at NCCE conferences in Seattle. I earned my Master’s degree in Digital Education Leadership from Seattle Pacific University and studied teaching computer science in my program. I am passionate about using technology effectively in the classroom and teaching my students to be responsible digital citizens!

My favorite thing in life is to travel!

Twitter: @Mrs_ReneeWilson

Please use this thread to introduce yourself to the group. Tell us:

  • I am David Assink
    *I am a Department Chair of Mathematics in Mountlake Terrace Washington
  • I teach high school, but frequently work with middle schools in a variety of capacities
  • Looking to see what opportunities are available to expand my teaching, and my student’s learning.

Hi all,

My name is Rosmery Soto and I am a second grade teacher at Lois Craig ES, Las Vegas Nevada. I recently experienced teaching Kodable to my 2nd graders. They love using the app and it is very engage able for them. I want to learn more about to teach CS to K-5. Next year, will possible I become Humanities teacher(CS focus). I have background experience in Technology and I want to utilize my expertise to help students learn more about basics of CS.

Thank you for adding me.

Hi all! My name is Paige and I am a third grade teacher in Edmonds, Washington. Super excited to be here and learn all about computer science. I know that I never received this sort of instruction when I was in school, so I am excited to be bringing this wonderful content to my students!
Feel free to reach out if you are a third grade teacher in the Seattle area! :slight_smile:

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Hello! My name is Sierra D’Amelio. I teach kindergarten in Mountlake Terrace, WA. I am excited to learn more about computer science because it is an area I feel like I have very little experience with. I thrive off organization and preparation. My classroom is a reflection of who I am and brings some order to the chaos that is kindergarten.

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Hi, My name is Mapaseka Leboela from Curro Academy in Protea Glen Soweto. I teach Maths in grade 8 and have been teaching computer literacy for the past year. I want to take my learners to the next level by teaching them how to code. If i decentralize teaching, i will be allowing them to take control of their own learning while i just facilitate. I want to prepare them for the 4IR.

Hi! My name is Jason. I teach elementary physical education in WA state. Look forward to hearing more about all your experiences with Code in the classroom and how I can apply that to my role.

Hi! My name is Erin and I am a Certified K-8 teacher in Edmonds WA, just N of Seattle. I am born and raised in Seattle and attended Ballard High and University of WA! I took some years off to have kids who are now in Kindergarten and Fourth Grade. I currently am working this year as a Para educator at my kids school, supporting 5th and 6th graders in small groups and individually. I just renewed my Teaching Cert in Oct 2019, along w PGP requirements, and plan on teaching next school year. For the past 4 years I have been a substitute teacher, one month long assignment teaching 4th and have been an intermediate tutor for math and reading. Previously I taught 1st Grade and Kindergarten. I have worked with ELL, homeless, and highly capable learners and am interested to see how to apply Code to each and every group and individual!

My ten year old daughter has used Code.org for years at her school. Last school year, her teacher had them program Obots as a fun STEM activity. Both my kids love rockets and space, science and programming, math and building things. So, beyond this and science kits through school, I am new to Coding. I am 36, so this was not taught in my personal schooling as a kid.

I love World Class Chocolate (Baskin Robbins) but anything with Caramel, Mint, Oats, Cinnamon is loved by me.

Hi! I’m Sherry. I am a certified teacher in Texas for PK-12 (depending on subject) and I have been teaching for over 15 years. I am in my 2nd year of teaching coding to 7th & 8th graders. I teach Information Technology & Computer Science classes with Code.org.

Hello everyone, my name is Yetunde Olasoji. I am from Nigeria and I teach key stage 2 students computing and also train educators on how to use tools that will keep or make them relevant 21st century educators. I am interested in code.org because of way they have simply coding for youths.

I always used this platform to introduce my students to the world of coding. The hour of code has always done the magic for me.


My favourite quote is by Alvin Toffler

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”

Hello! My name is Nina R. and I am a 3rd grade educator in Mountlake Terrace. I am interested in joining this community in order to connect with other educators who have fantastic ideas about bringing computer science to the classroom! I have used Code.org a bit in my class but would like to expand my knowledge.

Hi! My name is Greg Martin. I live in Edmonds, Washington. I teach 1st graders, and want to give them a chance to learn some of the basic concepts of coding.

You can connect with me on twitter: @GregMartin42.

Though I have no previous experience using Code.org, I’m very excited to learn how to use it in my classroom.

My favorite flavor of ice cream is Rocky Road.