Powered by Students
From the beginning, students have been at the core of the CS Program from the choices they make during interdisciplinary CS integration projects in elementary and middle school to the leadership and peer mentoring opportunities like teaching assistant and hackathon organizer they take on in the upper school. In 2014, St. Anne’s-Belfield School had a vision of making computer science education available to every student. This vision was sparked by students, from a high school student who got frustrated taking an online CS course because we didn’t offer one to middle school students who took it upon themselves to teach the teachers coding during an afternoon PD. Students were more than ready for an outlet to become creators, not just consumers, of the next wave of discoveries, solutions, and innovations. In 2019, we have a growing and thriving K-12 CS Program that reaches every student at our school and beyond.
Kim Wilkens - PK-8 Coordinator
Ms. Wilkens graduated with a degree in computer science from Texas Lutheran University in 1987 and earned her M.Ed. from Mary Baldwin College in 2014. She started her career at IBM in Austin and then became an independent technology consultant when she moved to Charlottesville in 1998. In 2001, she began teaching technology in K-8 schools. In 2012, she started Tech-Girls with a mission to empower girls to imagine and achieve their future dreams in our tech-savvy world. She is passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators and activists!
Zach Minster - 9-12 Coordinator
Mr. Minster is a graduate of Brown University (Sc.B. Computer Science), where he focused on theoretical computer science and pedagogy as a head teaching assistant and course developer. Mr. Minster brings years of experience teaching students and authoring curricula at the middle school, high school, and university levels in a variety of contexts and roles, as well as professional experience in software engineering. He is excited about bringing computer science to every student and ensuring that graduates are prepared to participate and interact in an increasingly computational world.
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