WeTeach_CS Announces 2018 Change Maker and Mini-Grand Award Recipients during Summit

By Stephen Gray
WeTeach_CS Announces 2018 Change Maker and Mini-Grand Award Recipients during Summit

Closing out the first day of the 2018 WeTeach_CS Summit, participants gathered for what has now become a tradition among the Texas CS education community, the awarding of the WeTeach_CS Change Maker and Mini-Grant Awards. Sponsored by Oracle Academy and Texas Instruments, the awards are not only a way to recognize the dedication and vision of exceptional teachers, but also to inspire the community as a whole to keep working for improved and expanded CS education in Texas. This year, WeTeach_CS presented eight teachers with Mini-Grant Awards, eight teachers with Change Maker Awards, and for the first time recognized two exceptional administrators with Change Maker Awards of their own.


2018 WeTeach_CS Mini-Grant Awards

The WeTeachCS Mini-Grant Award is given to teachers to support the purchase of instructional resources and materials for K-12 computer science and related programs. Funding can be used for after-school activities, in-school programs, or summer camps. Each teacher receiving a WeTeachCS Mini Grant submitted a detailed proposal stating what funds would be used for and stating their goals for each program. Today these grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded to support activities to be completed within the next school year.

Betty Bouley – Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School
Robots for All

John Cochran – Westview Middle School
WMS Girls Robotics

David Conover – Connally High School
The Changing Expectations WeTeach_CS with Virtual Reality

Nina Corley – O’Connell College Preparatory School
Coders R US

Patricia Draughn – Dearing Elementary
Mentoring Girls to Make, Makerspace Program

Lisa Richardson – Clear Brook High School
We Won’t Sphero Math Anymore!

Barton Scott – Young Men’s Leadership Academy
Mobile STEAM Cart

Jessica Turner – Rowe Lane Elementary
Ozobots Go!


2018 WeTeach_CS Change Maker Awards

  • Teacher awards recognize computer science teachers who have made a significant impact on their students or the community through CS instruction
  • Administrator awards recognize the contributions of administrators who have gone above and beyond to help expand CS education in their schools, districts, and communities


Teacher Awards


Sylvia Wood

Rouse High School, Leander ISD

“Sylvia has been a great asset to our district. She has quickly become the informal leader of our district Computer Science team. Sylvia has provided insight into course sequencing and content to promote the CS pipeline of students. In order to help engage and reach more students, she has started our FIRST robotics program at Rouse High School.”


Christopher Evans

Arlington Classics Academy Middle School, Arlington Classics Academy

“My son is in his third year of technology courses with Mr. Evans this year. As a “gamer,” he has a better understanding of how the games he enjoys work and how to navigate through issues or bugs that he encounters. This year, his 8th grade Computer Science class is creating individual game programs that will be presented during our campuses’ Fine Arts Night.”


Catherine Tabor

Northwest Early College High School, Canutillo ISD

“I have known Mrs. Tabor for three years now, and I spend the majority of my time with her—both class time and free time. She introduced me to the world of computer science years before she became my science teacher. Mrs. Tabor is incredibly passionate about promoting computer science, especially towards young women and minority groups.”


Marcy Reed

Big Bend High School, Terlingua CSD

“Her high school students received two weeks of CS enrichment embedded in their math and science courses. Using their newly acquired skills, they displayed interactive video games for the community during the annual Fiesta Day activities. I applaud Marcy’s persistence in seeking out innovative ways to include computer science in our curriculum.”


Gary Strickland

Coleman High School, Coleman ISD

“Gary’s positive impact on students is one of his greatest assets. He helps students strive to become self-learners in his classes. His ability to help the students take ownership in their own learning is one of the reasons why he is so successful. As a facilitator, he recognizes the importance for students to problem solve in all situations. Specifically, Gary has a unique way of sparking interest in his computer science classes.”


Lubna Lorena

Clements High School, Fort Bend ISD

“A large majority of Lubna’s students pursue computing related majors in college. These students come back to talk and inspire her current students. Lubna has former students working at Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Square and Indeed. They form a network with each other and continue to empower Clements HS students.”


Keri Warren

Trafton Academy

“Keri is tireless in her service to her students. Her math/computer lab is open during her off period, break, and lunch to assist students. Keri is an invaluable asset to Trafton Academy and its students. She is on the academic cutting edge of computer education in Houston middle schools. She is a tireless promoter of these programs and the importance and future of this vital skill.”


Sherwin Macalintal

Skyline High School, Dallas ISD

“If it were not for Sherwin Macalintal, Skyline High School would not have a robotics team or a thriving AP Computer Science program. He commands respect from his students, not only because of his excellent instruction, but his willingness to help them in any capacity to ensure their success. His classes are dynamic, engaging and inspire countless students with awesome activities.”


Administrator Awards


Kathryn Ives

Pflugerville ISD

“Kathryn has instituted programs in the elementary schools through rotation scheduling and enrichment programs to provide the students with computer programming experience through code.org. In 2015, she ensured that the middle school technology applications courses were vertically aligned with the HS courses and standardized the MS technology electives to delineate a clear pathway to high school computer science. She has also provided each campus with Finch robots and Makey-Makey materials to help increase student interest.”


Tracy Speaker

Northwest Early College High School, Canutillo ISD

“Tracy has allowed for several new computer science classes to open for students to enroll in, allowed students to participate in computer science competitions and has helped us get several materials to help us in expanding our knowledge in computer science. Because of all these changes she has made to our school, students have access to, and the ability to learn all they could want about computer science.”



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