“The first year that I led the Hour of Code in my classroom, I realized that students in my school were missing out on something that could really impact their future.”
Business and Information Technology Teacher
First Flight High School
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA
Bringing computer science to the classroom: One teacher’s quest
“The first year that I led the Hour of Code in my classroom, I realized that students in my school were missing out on something that could really impact their future. My school did not have any computer science courses, but I could see that students were interested. I’ve spent over 20 years teaching ‘information technology’ — mostly application software — and I realized that I could do something about the lack of computer science offerings.
I jumped at the opportunity to learn the Beauty and Joy of Computing when the curriculum became available through North Carolina State University. I was able to offer Computer Science Principles in my school the following year. Then, in the summer of 2015, I participated in the Creative Coding through Games and Apps workshop and I now teach two computer science courses. Computer science is challenging for me and I could not have made this change in direction as an educator without the support of Microsoft, the Beauty and Joy of Computing educators, the Hour of Code community and many others.
You can learn more about Nancy’s journey to teach Computer Science and connect with her the Educator Community via her profile.
- Birthplace: Iowa
- Educational background: BA Business, University of Northern Iowa, MA Education East Carolina University
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: I use the “snipping” tool almost daily, and I love my Surface tablet.
- What is the best advice you have ever received? “There will always be jobs for people with good communication skills.”
- Website I check every day: New York Times Puzzle Page
- Favorite childhood memory: Snow days!
- Favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut
- Fun fact: My school, First Flight High School, is adjacent to the Wright Brothers Memorial in North Carolina — just footsteps from the Atlantic Ocean.