Presenters


Guest presenters include Dan Garcia from the Beauty and Joy of Computing project in California and Baker Franke from the Chicago Public Schools, and Code.org
 
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. 
 
Baker Franke
 has worked to increase the visibility and credibility of high school computer science, primarily through his classroom teaching (2002-2014) and advocacy. With the Chicago CSTA chapter, a group he helped establish in 2008, he is working with local Chicago colleges and universities to train Chicago Public School teachers to teach "Exploring Computer Science".  Baker is a public advocate for computer science education as a CSTA cohort leader, raising awareness of the dire need for better computer science education for all students by speaking with public figures and policy makers. Baker has a B.A. in Computer Science and English from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. 


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 B..A. from Kean University in Math and an M.S. 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.

Daryl Detrick teaches computer science at Warren Hills High School.  He is President of the CSTA - Central NJ Chapter, and a member of the CSTA Advocacy team for NJ.  Daryl has developed the computer science curriculum at WHHS, introducing an annual showcase featuring recent high school graduates who return from their post-secondary STEM studies to share their experiences, and is currently sponsoring a NCWIT AspireIT GirlsWhoCode event with one of his senior students. During the summer of 2013, Daryl attended the CS4HS BJC@Kean Workshop.  Daryl  has B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and MS in Administrative Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Thejasri Dowluri (MS CIS '15),CS4HS@Kean Teaching Assistant is a graduate student at Kean University, majoring in Computer Information Systems.  Her research work "A Novel Approach for Frequency Hopping CDMA Technique" was published in International Journal of Advanced and Innovative Research (IJAIR) in 2012. She worked as an undergradaute teaching faculty member for two years in India.  She has a M.S. Computers & Communications and a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from JNTU, India.

Karen Harris is a member of Kean University's Center for Professional Development.  She is responsible for the integration of technology and instructional methods at Kean.  Annual offerings on curriculum and technology are designed by Karen and presented to the Kean community, with an emphasis on the innovation and utility of the technology.  She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. 

Jeremy McAllister (BS '15, MS CIS '16) CS4HS@Kean Teaching Assistant is an undergraduate at Kean University majoring in Computer Science. Jeremy is a recent addition to Kean, having transferred from a career in web applications development in fall 2013 to pursue a Master's degree in Computer Information Sciences for 2016. He is a current Kean scholar and member of Kean's chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. His background in web development extends for over 6 years across freelance and professional employment with clients ranging from home-builder businesses to silver traders, to a jewelry web-store application with annual revenue in the millions.

Shruti Mishra (MS CIS '15) CS4HS@Kean Teaching Assistant is a graduate student at Kean University, majoring in Computer Science.  She completed her Master in Business Administration (IT), from IIIT, India. Her research work on "Effects of E-Learning initiatives on performance of primary school students" was presented at an international conference on "Information Technology and Education" at IIIT, Amethi, India. She is currently working as a research assistant at Kean University. Shruti will be graduating in December, 2014.

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 Association (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. 
 
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.