Welcome to the CSTA Volunteer Spotlight series, where we celebrate the incredible individuals who dedicate their time and passion to making a difference in the CSTA community. Join us in recognizing and appreciating the extraordinary efforts of Adam in their role as Chapter Leader Committee Member.  

What inspired you to volunteer your time with CSTA? How has this experience impacted you?

I was inspired to volunteer with CSTA because I wanted to help my students understand what it takes to win the CSTA/ACM Cutler-Bell Prize. Additionally, I saw it as an opportunity to learn and gather insights that I could share with other CSTA teachers, particularly regarding the Awards for Excellence. This experience has not only enriched my understanding of the criteria for these prestigious awards but has also allowed me to contribute to the professional development of my peers.

How long have you been involved with CSTA, and what motivated you to join?

I’ve been involved with CSTA for 14 years, serving as an officer for eight years and volunteering for four. My motivation to join stemmed from my love for computer science and the desire to be part of a supportive community that shares that passion.

Can you share any memorable experiences or highlights from your involvement with CSTA?:

One of the most memorable experiences during my involvement with CSTA was winning the 2022 CS Teaching Excellence Award. It was truly the pinnacle of my journey with CSTA, affirming the dedication and hard work put into advancing computer science education. Additionally, attending in-person events such as the Volunteer Summit in Portland provided invaluable opportunities for networking, learning, and collaborating with fellow educators passionate about computer science. These events have left a lasting impression on me, fostering connections and inspiring new ideas to enhance CS education.

How has CSTA impacted your teaching career and professional development?

CSTA has had a profound impact on my teaching career and professional development. Through my involvement with CSTA, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with like-minded educators and exchange ideas that have enriched my teaching practice. Every interaction with CSTA, whether through conferences, workshops, or online forums, has provided valuable insights and resources that I’ve been able to implement in my classroom. These experiences have not only enhanced the quality of education I provide to my students but have also enabled me to support and collaborate with local CS teachers, fostering a stronger community of educators dedicated to advancing computer science education.

In what ways do you see CSTA shaping the future of computer science education?

CSTA shapes the future of computer science education by empowering educators with innovative teaching methods, advocating for diversity and inclusion, and providing resources for professional development, ensuring equitable access to high-quality CS education for all students.

Are there any specific initiatives or projects within CSTA that you’ve been particularly passionate about?

One particular initiative I’ve been passionate about within CSTA is the effort to increase female participation in computer science. I’ve collaborated with organizations like Girls Who Code, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google to gather and promote resources aimed at empowering girls and women in CS. CSTA has been instrumental in facilitating these partnerships and providing support for initiatives aimed at closing the gender gap in computer science.

What does the future of CSTA look like?

CSTA’s future involves blending in-person and virtual meetups to advance CS education, ensuring broader participation and adaptability to changing needs.