Yolanda Payne (She/Her)


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My CSTA Story

Yolanda was the only teacher in her district teaching computer science. After she got connected to Code.org with Dr. Jeff Gray in Alabama, she learned more about CSTA, and CSTA has been her professional development home since.

My Story

Yolanda has been in love with computers since her parents bought a Tandy computer from Radio Shack. With over 20 years of education experience ranging from Pre–K to college, Yolanda hopes that her love of learning, her curiosity, and her eagerness to add adventure to everyday life are elements of the legacy she is building in the field of CS education. Previously, Yolanda was a Constellations fellow at Georgia Tech, where she assisted teachers in implementing advanced CS courses in high schools. As a chapter leader with CSTA Georgia and CSTA Virgin Islands, she stays engaged in current classroom practices by working with the teams and advocating for teachers to have access to resources. In her spare time, she loves creating fun memories on a budget with her children.