Guest presenters include faculty from the Beauty and Joy of Computing project in California:
Dan Garcia is a Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment in Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Lecturer in 2012, he is involved in the national effort to design engaging and effective early computing curriculums, exemplified in the new AP CP Principles (CS10K) project. He is co-PI on the UC Berkeley "Beauty and Joy of Computing" project, which was selected as one of the 5 pilot courses for the AP CS Principles effort funded by NSF and in development with the College Board. Dr. Garcia has B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brian Harvey is a Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment in the Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley. A former high school teacher, he has taught computer programming to all ages from third grade to graduate school. He was one of the early developers and users of the Logo programming language, an ancestor of Scratch; he wrote the three-volume series Computer Science Logo Style aimed at high school students. He is co-developer of BYOB/Snap! and co-PI on the UC Berkeley "Beauty and Joy of Computing" project. Dr. Harvey has a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT, a MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, as well as a MA in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education from the University of California, Berkeley.
NJ-based Presenters include:
Mayra Bachrach is a Computer Science teacher at Glen Ridge High School. She teaches Computer Science 1, Computer Science 2, AP Computer Science, 8th grade Robotics and High School Robotics. She is the advisor for the Computer club and the Robotics club. During the summer of 2012, she attended the CS4HS BJC@Kean workshop and used the BJC curriculum as part of her high school Computer Science 1 course. She has a BA from Kean University in Math and an MS from NJIT in Computer Science.
Richard Bell has taught at Cranford High School, Cranford, NJ for the past 10 years in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. His instruction includes 3 levels of courses in Web Design, an Intro to Computer Programming, AP Computer Science and Discrete Mathematics. He runs the Webmaster Team and the Computer Honors Society at his school, and enjoys getting his students involved with community service. During the summer of 2012, he attended the CS4HS BJC@Kean Workshop and used the BJC curriculum as part of his high school teaching in AY 2012-2013. He holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Drew University and M.A. in instructional technology from Arcadia University.
Allan Goncalves (CS '14) BJC@Kean Teaching Assistant is an undergraduate at Kean University, majoring in Computer Science. Allan has developed mobile applications and also conducted research in big data analysis and visualization. His work has been presented at conferences, and is available in the Apple and Android app store.
Patricia Morreale is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Kean University, Union, NJ, where she conducts research on network and multimedia systems. She is a member of the Academic Alliance Executive Committee for the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). With NCWIT, she is involved in the national effort to encourage student success and retention in computer science and information technology. At Kean her research has been funded by NSF, Google, and the Computing Research Assocation (CRA). Dr. Morreale has a B.S. from Northwestern University, a M.S. from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, all in Computer Science.
Joan Mruk has worked in independent schools in NJ for the past 17 years, teaching technology courses in Middle and High school and integrating technology into the curriculum. Joan currently teaches Web Design, Digital Media, and Information Management at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ. She is moderator of the tech club and involved withe the school TV Studio club. During the summer of 2012, she attended the CS4HS BJC@Kean Workshop and based on this she will teach the new Computer Science Principles course in the fall. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science/Business from Centenary College and is completing her M.Ed. in Learning, Design and Technology from Penn State.
Purna Patel (Math '14), BJC@Kean Teaching Assistant is an undergraduate at Kean University, majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Purna attended Kean University's CS4HS workshops in 2012 (July and August). She works as a mathematics and computer science tutor for college students and has published her undergraduate research work on Euclid's Theorem. Purna was selected as Kean University's Undergraduate Researcher in April 2013.
Carlos Silva (CS '13, MS '14) BJC@Kean Teaching Assistant, has just completed his undergraduate degree at Kean University, where he led a team of undergraduate software developers on a mobile application project. He is continuing to work in the areas of mobile application design and human computer interaction.
Carolee Stewart-Gardiner is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at Kean University, Union, NJ. Prior to joining Kean, she was a Systems Analyst working in industry in New York. Her research on computer science education includes identification of methodologies which are successful for teaching algorithmic thinking to math, science and computer science students. In addition to her work with secondary education, Prof. Stewart-Gardiner has developed Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) methods and activities for use with introductory computer science curriculum. Most recently, she has designed, with her undergraduates, a game for middle school students, and conducted an initial pilot of the game with Roselle Park. She has a B.A. from SUNY-Buffalo in Philosophy, with a concentration in Logic, and a M.S. from Hofstra University in Computer Science.