On June 19, 2017, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) announced the recipients of the second annual Oracle Academy Scholarship for the 2017 CSTA Conference, which was held July 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland. Oracle Academy sponsored US $35,000 in scholarship awards to support first-time attendance at the annual Computer Science Teachers Association conference for thirty-five teachers. The Oracle Academy Scholarships covered the attendees’ conference registration and provided support toward lodging, travel, and meals.
“Oracle Academy continues to support and participate in the CSTA Annual Conference. Their support addresses the critical need of professional development for K-12 Computer Science teachers by providing scholarships for teachers to attend the conference,” said Deborah Seehorn, CSTA Interim Executive Director. “Additionally, their support for the evening reception was applauded by all conference attendees . CSTA deeply values the continuing partnership between Oracle Academy and CSTA in support of K-12 CS education,” she added.
Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Recipients!
Michelle Anding, Northwest Rankin Middle School
Angela Armstrong, Rockland High School
Joel Bundt, MOC-Floyd Valley High School
Gloria Canales, Business of Sports School
Dametra Conway, North Heights Junior High School
Christi Coplin, Commerce Independent School District
Mark Eisenhardt, The Albany Academies
John Elliott, Sweet Home CSD
Sarai Gould, Synapse School
Michael Hanus, Academy
Deb Harding, Adams 12 School District
Ramon Hasbum, La Estancia School
Samuel Hindi, Corona High School
Salomon Kandov, Greenpoint Art & Technical High School
Jeff Kaufman, Queens High School for Information Research and Technology
Nora LaCasse, Boston Public Schools
Anne Laughlin-Fuller, Dublin City Schools
Staci Lewis, Smyrna School District
Linda Martin, St. Helena School
Caroline Mora, Harlandale High School
Risa Murray, Drew Charter School
Elizabeth Pater, Leyden High School
Cody Penotte, Nantucket Public Schools
Danielle Pike, Waltham Public Schools
Juan Pinto, Saint Benedict School
Luc Pitre, Dazzling Discoveries
Faith Plunkett, Monte Sano Elementary
Pauline Ritchie, Carrizo Springs CISD
Emily Roach, Ravenscroft School
Timothy Tschurjumov, Claremont International High School
Leon Tynes, Engineering & Science University Magnet School
Sisavath Virasak, Corvallis High School
Angela Walsh, Tolles Career & Technical Center
Shirl Williams, Houston County BOE
Katherine Wittig, Los Angeles Unified School District
“We were delighted to continue our Oracle Academy Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Conference Scholarships, for a second year, for first-time attendees. Hands down, the CSTA conference is one of the best hands-on professional development opportunities for computer science teachers—or teachers who want to teach CS—in the world. The CSTA conference is three days of useful learning that can be taken directly to the classroom as well as to administrators to increase support for and access to CS education,” said Alison Derbenwick Miller, vice president, Oracle Academy.
“I am new to teaching Computer Science and I know I will put what I learn from this conference to good use. I plan to use each and every aspect of what I learn into not just my Computer Science class but also into my after-school club and my Career Technical Education Computer Programming class,” said Caroline Mora, Harlandale High School.
“Thank you so much Oracle Academy! Without this opportunity, I was not going to be able to expand my Computer Science horizons,” said Christi Coplin, Commerce ISD.
Annually, the CSTA conference welcomes more than 400 computer science teachers and administrators to share and learn from national speakers, networking sessions, and participate in professional development breakout sessions to help advance computer science education. Oracle Academy delivered a workshop focused on short byte computer science curriculum designed for younger learners and facilitated best practice discussion on how to utilize resources for maximum student engagement.
Oracle Academy and CSTA were proud to receive more than 600 applications for the scholarships and thank each teacher for participating. We thank you for your commitment and the passion you bring to your classrooms each and every day.