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We Teach CS Summit 2017

Kristen Salem
HR Communications Manager

Oracle Academy was a proud sponsor of the second annual WeTeach_CS Summit, in Austin, Texas, organized by the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Center for STEM Education. Created specifically to help K-12 Computer Science (CS) educators, the summit offered a line-up of national speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions to support computer science education.

Denise Hobbs, regional director, Oracle Academy, North America, assisted in presenting the UT Austin Computer Science Change Maker and Computer Science Mini-Grant educator awards sponsored by Oracle Academy. The UT CS Change Maker Awards were presented to four Texas high school CS teachers who have made significant impacts on his/her students or the community through CS instruction. Each teacher received an award of $750. The UT Austin CS Mini-Grant Awards were presented to four Texas teachers to support instructional resources and materials used for K-12 CS education after-school activities, in-school programs, or summer camps. Each teacher received an award of up to $1500.

2017 WeTeach_CS Change Maker Awards:

  • Trenton Hall, Computer Science Teacher, Brenham High School, Brenham ISD

  • Jerald Jolito, Science and Robotics Teacher, Pecos High School, Pecos Barstow Toyah ISD

  • Nikki Parker, Mathematics & Computer Science Teacher, Iraan High School, Iraan-Sheffield ISD

  • Mucahit Ismael Turel, AP CS Principles Teacher / Director of Academics, Harmony Science Academy-El Paso, Harmony Public Schools

2017 WeTeach_CS Mini-Grant Awards

  • Jason Davis, Math, Robotics, & Computer Science Teacher, Ozona High School, Crockett County CCSD

  • Angela Jumper, Information Technology Teacher, Granbury High School, Granbury ISD

  • Diane Sikkenga, Teacher Librarian, Ruth Barron Elementary School, Pflugerville ISD

  • Victor Villavicencio, CTE Teacher, NYOS Charter School, Austin, TX

In addition to the awards, Denise Hobbs hosted a panel session featuring two Oracle Academy teachers Elizabeth Donaldson, Fort Davis High School, and John Owens, UT Austin.  They were able to share their successes and challenges as both new and experienced Computer Science teachers. They have each found effective results in using the Oracle Academy curriculum in the classroom and both are committed to Computer Science education. We applaud them on this journey and are happy to be by your side every step of the way!

Oracle is proud to support and partner with educators as we work to bring computer science to all students, everywhere.

Congratulations to the award winners and thank you for making a difference!

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