Tech Savvy: Girls and Computer Science

Be a part of Computer Science at Toby Johnson Middle School and Franklin High School! Learn more about Computer Science education and the opportunities to young women and all students.

Recent Event

Join us for a virtual event that focuses on women and the field of computer science. Learn about the EGUSD program, the EGUSD Girl Power initiative, engage with guest speakers with first-hand experience, and receive opportunities to win prizes all while you immerse yourself into the world of computer science! This event is open to all in the TJMS and FrHS community - everyone is welcome.

Event Agenda

Thursday, January 21, 2021 || 6:00-7:00 pm || Zoom Details Below

  • Welcome: Hinnah Khan, Toby Johnson MS Librarian

  • MS/HS Computer Science Overview: What students study and program highlights – Clay Dagler, Lynette Rodriguez, and Ryan North, CS Teachers

  • EGUSD Girl Power: Partnership with Sac State to increase female participation in CS program and Introduce guest speakers – John Pellman, EGUSD College and Career Connections Program Specialist

  • Guest Speaker: Journey of a female HS student in Computer Science – Stellaluna Lopez-Ramirez, LAUSD CS Student

  • Guest Speaker: Opportunities for women in computer science and why its important – Beatris Mendez Gandica and Melinda Vargas, NCWIT

  • Closing: John Pellman, EGUSD College and Career Connections Program Specialist

Zoom Information


Meeting ID: 929 4972 5138

Passcode: 271433

Spotlight: Guest Speakers

Stellaluna Lopez-Ramirez

Stellaluna Lopez-Ramirez is a junior at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights. She is a recipient of the 2020 California Safe Schools Impact Award and a 2020 Warren Christopher Scholarship recipient. An advocate for student representation, she currently serves as a junior class representative and spoke at the 2020 Computer Science Teachers’ Association Conference’s student panel. She is also a member of the Mendez girls’ basketball team and a composer in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program.

Beatris A. Mendez Gandica

Beatris A. Mendez Gandica is from San Cristobal, Venezuela. She is an engineer working as a Program Manager at Microsoft. In this role, she manages the daily operations of the usage billing pipeline for Azure Data services. Her work is essential to Microsoft as it ensures that Azure’s customer billing is secure, scalable, and correct.

Beatris' has a passion for giving back to the community. In 2018 she started a nonprofit organization, Nuevo Foundation, where she works to prepare underrepresented students to become tomorrow’s leaders. Nuevo Foundation’s mission is to inspire kids to be curious, confident, and courageous by discovering the world of STEM. To date, the nonprofit has taught more than 8,000 students about computer science and STEM education across thirty countries and Puerto Rico.

In 2017, Beatris was selected as one of the 10 TechnoloChicas for the campaign. In 2019, Beatris was awarded the HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers’ 40 under 40 award, the UWEC Outstanding Recent Alumni award, and delivered the Winter 2019 commencement address for her alma matter in Wisconsin. Lastly, she was selected to be one of the ambassadors for the American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN to help shift the way our country—and the world—thinks about women in STEM.

Contact me: @beagandica

Melinda Vargas Ramos

Melinda Vargas Ramos was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She is currently a Product Coordinator focused on outlining the product backlog, maximizing business value and stakeholder satisfaction for the "OneView CRM for Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement" product at Rock Solid (Microsoft Gold Partner). Melinda is an active member of NCWIT, Scrum Alliance, and TechnoloChicas organizations that guide and inspire individuals to achieve careers in the tech industry and use the agile practices to build a sustainable workforce. She enjoys giving back to the community and promotes computer science related careers through student talks.

Melinda obtained her BS in computational mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao. Prior to her professional career, in the summer of 2010, as a high school student at Colegio San Antonio Abad Humacao, Puerto Rico, Melinda visited the University of Los Angeles' Center of Embedded Networked Sensing, where she created an android phone application "What's Hazardous", used to minimize potential hazards through the use of participatory sensing. Through the submission of this project, she was awarded the 2010 NCWIT Award for aspirations in Computing Puerto Rico Affiliate. That same year, she presented another investigation entitled "Non Stop Decomposition" about decomposing awareness with which she won a best oral presentation medal at the 2010 Winter Pre-college Symposium of the Ana G. Mendez System. As an undergraduate, she formed part of the directives of the PR regional National Institute of Science, as the vice-president, and as the secretary for SACNAS chapter at the Metropolitan University in PR. Melinda also formed part of the Honor Students group and the Association of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao. Amongst the other accomplishments, in 2015 Melinda was one of the 4 winners of the Rock Solid 2015 Scholarship and summer internship where she served as software engineer trainee. Melinda's work experience through her career has involved various roles such as: research mentor, math tutor, Department of Education (DE) teacher assistant, software engineer trainee, software developer and product coordinator. Surprisingly, her 2010 intro to computer science has now full circled her back to leading citizen engagement products in the software industry career at the moment never thought to exist.