Computer Science

Meet the Teacher

Welcome to Computer Science! I'm Mr. Nunez and I'm so happy to meet you! I know this is going to be a great year for all of us to learn and grow together.

Before I became a CS Teacher, I was a 4th grade teacher, STEM after school instructor, and High School Journalism advisor. Currently, I'm attending the University of Texas El Paso, where I am completing a Master's degree in Computer Science through the Microsoft Academy of CS.

Although, this year has its challenges, I look forward to meeting them with optimism and hope to help guide each of you to a successful learning school year. Computer Science is an essential skill in most jobs and it will provide each of you a step forward in any career field!

Computer Science Pathway

The Computer Science Pathway is made up of four Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses. Our programming courses follow curriculum provided by Project Lead the Way (PLTW).

PLTW - Computer Science Essentials – Grades 9-12 - With emphasis on computational thinking and collaboration, this year-long course provides an excellent entry point for students to begin or continue the PLTW Computer Science K-12 experience. In CSE, students will use visual, block-based programming and seamlessly transition to text-based programming with languages such as Python to create apps and develop websites, and learn how to make computers work together to put their design into practice. Computer Science Essentials helps students create a strong foundation to advance to Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, and beyond. (A “Project Lead the Way” course).

PLTW - Computer Science Principles– Grades 9-12 - Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. While this course can be a student's first in computer science, students without prior computing experience are encouraged to start with Introduction to Computer Science. CSP helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. The course curriculum is a College Board-approved implementation of AP CS Principles. This course serves as the beginning course for PLTW Computer Science (A “Project Lead the Way” course).

PLTW - Computer Science A – Grades 9-12 - This course focuses on further developing computational-thinking skills through the medium of Android™ App development for mobile platforms. The course utilizes industry-standard tools such as Android Studio, Java™ programming language, XML, and device emulators. Students collaborate to create original solutions to problems of their own choosing by designing and implementing user interfaces and Web-based databases. This course aligns with the AP CS A course. This course is sequenced after PLTW Computer Science Principles 0345 (A “Project Lead the Way” course).

PLTW - Cybersecurity – Grades 9-12 - Grades 9-12-Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely. This course is sequenced after PLTW Computer Science A 0346 (A “Project Lead the Way” course).