Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Meet the 2017-2018 CS Educator Award Winners

May 8, 2018 by

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

We deeply appreciate Code/Interactive and Mouse educators across our national network—THANK YOU for inspiring your students to create with technology and make meaningful change in our world!

Each year, the #DiversityinTech Awards celebrate a group of exemplary educators. This year we’re honored to celebrate Kristi Jones, Eddie Jaquez, and Donald Saint-Germain, for their dedicated work to advance computer science opportunities for their students. Read more about these exemplary educators below.

Kristi Jones, High School of Hospitality and Management

A 14-year veteran high school teacher in NYC, Kristi has been instrumental in expanding computer science education across the country. In addition to launching Exploring Computer Science and AP CS Principles courses at her school, Kristi is a facilitator for Exploring Computer Science who has trained hundreds of other teachers, and a CS Assessment Fellow. She participates in CS education research at Hunter College and in the creation of CS resources for the NYC DOE’s CS4All Initiative.

Eddie Jaquez, KIPP Washington Heights Middle School

As a middle school teacher at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, Eddie has strongly advocated for his students to have the best computer science experience possible. Eddie created a computer science class with materials from Code.org’s CS Discoveries that fosters curiosity, computational and critical thinking while infusing joy, creativity, and outside opportunities for students. As a result, the Student Success Network highlighted Eddie’s students’ social emotional learning growth data as a “Bright Spot,” indicating significant growth in students’ academic behaviors, growth mindset, self efficacy, and problem solving.

Donald Saint-Germain, WINGS Academy High School

As an Exploring Computer Science and Code.org AP CS Principles teacher at WINGS Academy, Donald has expanded access to CS courses tenfold at his school.  He has expanded the computer science program to teach Exploring Computer Science and Code.org’s AP CS Principles to every student at his school. Donald started his CS education career as a Teach For America CS Fellow funded by the National Science Foundation.  He has served as a “CS in the Wild” Community Ambassador for CSForAllTeachers.org and a CS Assessment Fellow with Google.


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Join us on May 22nd to celebrate all teachers and leaders that are championing the nationwide movement to increase #diversityintech.

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