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Teacher Trainer Program

CodeHS Teachers Trainers host workshops to empower new teachers to run high-quality computer science classes.

The CodeHS Teacher Trainer program is a new initiative of CodeHS where educators can expand their impact by sharing best practices and teaching strategies with new computer science teachers. The CodeHS mission is to empower all students to meaningfully impact the future, the Teacher Trainer Program supports our mission by increasing the number of in-person or virtual CodeHS professional development opportunities.

Meet the CodeHS Teacher Trainers

Educators can learn from one another in order to better support their students through computer science education. Our CodeHS Teacher trainers are excited to lead fun and informative workshop sessions on a variety of topics!

Alexander Anesko teaches Intro to CS and AP CSA at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine. He uses CodeHS for all of his classes, and for other purposes, especially Hour of Code. Prior to teaching, Alexander was an electrical engineer for 25 years, where (like most engineers) he coded a lot!

CodeHS is a better platform than any of the others I've used, better than instructional platforms I've used as an engineer. I am excited to share what I've learned!

Alexander Anesko

Rhonda Carpenter-Powell is a teacher at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Georgia, where she teaches Computer Science Principles & AP Computer Science.

I wanted to become a CodeHS Teacher Trainer to be able to help the teachers that are new to Computer Science and also CodeHS.

Rhonda Carpenter-Powell

John Wilson teaches Introduction to Programming in JavaScript at Park Slope Collegiate in Brooklyn, NY. He started using CodeHS about 4 years ago and has been using it ever since. John worked as a programmer/tech support for about 15 years before becoming a stay-at-home Dad for about 5 years. After that, he entered teaching through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. When he has time, John likes to fly small planes.

I like to share what I have learned about CodeHS with others and being a Teacher Trainer seemed like a good way to do that. I am also hoping to learn from others and improve my teaching as well.

John Wilson

Kelley Dixon currently teaches at Mifflin County High School in Lewistown, PA. She’s been teaching for 30 years, and began using CodeHS 4 years ago, having discovered it during an hour of code.

My students and I really enjoy using the CodeHS curriculum. I look forward to sharing something I enjoy using with others. I also like to share how CodeHS can help take the fear out of teaching programming!!

Kelley Dixon

Andres Dominguez has been a teacher at Newport Harbor HS for 25 years. He began his teaching career with math, and in 2002, he started teaching computer science. Prior to becoming a teacher, Andres worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry for nine years.

This year I am retiring, and I would love to stay involved in the world of teaching. I wholeheartedly believe that coding is as important as reading and writing and would like to promote the learning and teaching of computer programming.

Andres Dominguez

Don Gamble has been teaching a combination of biology, anatomy and physiology, multimedia design, computer science, and robotics at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, CA for the past 17 years.

I discovered CodeHS years ago when the company was relatively new and offered only one (JavaScript) course. What began as a search for resources evolved into one of the best curriculum decisions I've ever made as an educator. CodeHS continues to help me facilitate the creation of hundreds of computer scientists and programmers. Many of my students majored (or are currently majoring) in computer science and some are currently working in the industry. I love to collaborate with other teachers, I thoroughly believe in the product that CodeHS delivers, and I'm passionate about the subject area.

Don Gamble

Lisa Giacalone teaches computer science and robotics at Simi Valley High School, CA. Over the past 9 years, she has taught English-language arts and computer science for both middle and high school. As a CTE teacher, Lisa is passionate about helping students develop skills that they can use now and in their future careers.

If an English teacher can learn to teach computer programming, then you can too! CodeHS made the transition easy for me. But more importantly, CodeHS helps me to motivate students and open their eyes to careers that they never dreamed of.

Lisa Giacalone

Tywania Griffin is a teacher/administrator at Millennium High School in Tracy, CA where she teaches math and computer science. Tywania has been using CodeHS for 5 years at her school.

I created the computer science courses at my school because there was a need for it and the students really wanted to learn it. CodeHS has been vital to my classes and I want to inspire any teacher who is thinking about doing something similar.

Tywania Griffin

Linda Hahn is a computer science teacher at The King's Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she teaches high school and middle school students. Linda has been teaching computer science for over a decade and using CodeHS for 4 years.

I became a CodeHS Teacher Trainer because I am a huge fan of CodeHS! I've seen how the curriculum has impacted my students and fellow CS teachers. I wanted the opportunity to train other teachers and help them use CodeHS to its fullest potential. I also wanted to support the CodeHS team by providing great training and on-boarding for teachers with any level of experience.

Linda Hahn

Timothy Hipp is a 15 year veteran of Woodward Academy in College Park, GA, the largest K-12 independent school in the continental USA. He switched to the CodeHS curriculum for AP Computer Science 3 years ago and witnessed a dramatic rise in both his own teaching and his students' performance. Timothy’s department now uses CodeHS curriculum for many of their 7-12 computer science courses including both AP courses, Digital Design, and Intro to CS.

I can speak firsthand of the positive impact CodeHS has had on my classroom and students. I am a confident teacher having used their curriculums for both AP computer science courses, and the hands-on coding practice my students obtain through the CodeHS platform is absolutely vital to their academic success. I hope to share my enthusiasm, expertise, and ideas with colleagues considering or adopting the CodeHS platform.

Timothy Hipp

Enza Ketcham has been teaching computer science classes for 14 years in Kansas and is currently teaching for the Shawnee Mission School District.

CodeHS is the best curriculum out there for students and teachers. We have a huge growing field and a gap in teachers who know the content. Many CS teachers are learning the content with their students! CodeHS makes learning for teachers and students easy and fun!

Enza Ketcham

Dennis Kramlich is a second career teacher and currently teaches at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, GA. He teaches Georgia's CS Pathway which includes Introduction to Digital Technology, AP CSP and AP CSA. Dennis was always looking for resources to use in his classroom and found CodeHS about 5 years ago. He’s been using CodeHS ever since!

I have a big interest in helping people and being a CS professional, I see the need for more people to become involved with CS. As such, we need more teachers who can teach computer science and I felt that becoming a CodeHS Teacher Trainer would help with this.

Dennis Kramlich

Carmen Lagalante teaches at the JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA as an Educational Technology Specialist for the past 15 years. She started teaching computer science in 2010 and started with CodeHS in 2016 after the parent of an incoming freshman told her about it. Carmen teaches Computing Ideas, Cybersecurity, Intro to CS (javascript), AP Computer Science A, and Mobile Apps.

I wanted to be a teacher trainer because I think computer programming is an essential skill for the modern world and CodeHS makes it possible for anyone to teach it at their school without a Computer Science degree. When my students ask me why I did not get a computer science degree, I tell them that if I had they would not be my students because I would be making a lot more money writing code!

Carmen Lagalante

Tziri Lamm is a HS English teacher by training from Brooklyn, NY who started teaching computer science 2 years ago by accident. She’s gone from complete newbie to coordinating computer science curriculum at Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman HS because of all the learning she’s done through and with CodeHS.

I've been a tremendous fan of CodeHS since I stumbled across the VR curriculum in December 2018. Last summer I became a CodeHS Certified Educator, so becoming a Teacher Trainer seems like the perfect next step. I love giving professional development and this program gives me the opportunity to expand my repertoire and work closely with a company that I've come to respect and love.

Tziri Lamm

Erik Magness has been teaching at Villa Maria Academy High School in Malvern, PA for 21 years. He started as a Latin teacher and now teaches Computer Sciences. Erik loves bringing creativity to the classroom and fostering independence and exploration. He found codeHS while in need of robust curriculum that worked well on a flipped model with two AP classes meeting at the same time.

I believe in the CodeHS curriculum. It is great for both the students and the teacher. It is flexible enough to appeal to many different learning styles. I believe everyone should learn to code and CodeHS is the best path to that goal.

Erik Magness

Brian Piltin was a video game programmer in his early career and then worked as a software consultant for a few years after. He got involved in music for a while and played bass for an indie rock band before he started teaching engineering and computer science.

I believe CodeHS is an excellent platform and I enjoy promoting it, I also have a strong desire to help teachers who teach CS, knowing how difficult it can be, ultimately I know this will impact students in a positive way, which is my ultimate goal.

Brian Piltin

Sean Raser has been teaching computer science at California High School in San Ramon for the past 6 years.

I have been extremely happy with the support that I have received from CodeHS ever since I started using them 3 years ago. Account Managers that respond right away, KarelCon, visiting my school to lead Hour of Code sessions, etc. I want to reciprocate that support, but also share these experiences with other teachers. My students have thrived while using CodeHS, and I want other students in other schools to have that same opportunity and experience.

Sean Raser

Gary Van Der Linden spent 40 years in IT development and started teaching 9 years ago. He started using CodeHS 5 years ago for Intro to Programming and AP Computer Science. In the last two years, Gary also started using CodeHS for Intro to Cybersecurity!

My experience with CodeHS has greatly helped me and I’d love to pass on my experience and help to other teachers.

Gary Van Der Linden

Sean Wasson is the Chapter President of CSTA Maine and has been a teacher for over 20 years, having spent most of his career teaching New Media and Computer Science classes. Currently, he teaches at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland, Maine.

I started using CodeHS two years ago. My students have enjoyed the new material and I plan to utilize even more of it during the 2020-2021 school year.

Sean Wasson

Debbie Weissmann teaches at New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA, where she teaches a variety of CodeHS courses, including Intro to JavaScript, Intro to Python, Intro to Java, Intro to HTML, Intro to VR, and both AP CSA and CSP.

When I logged into CodeHS for the first time I had seasoned classroom management skills & well honed instructional design skills, along with years of playing on Scratch, but didn't know how to write a function that wasn't part of a set of blocks. It has been an incredible journey, and has turned out to be great fun for both me and my students. I became a CodeHS Teacher Trainer so I can share strategies for teaching CS on the CodeHS platform, enabling skillful teachers to create coding communities and share the fun of coding with their students.

Debbie Weissmann

Abbey Wesche is a business teacher in Bozeman, Montana approaching her 6th year of teaching after working in the business world for several years.

I want to continue strengthening my knowledge about coding and the different languages, I hope to gain a cohort of colleagues that I can learn from and network with, and I want to learn about the different ways teachers are using direct instruction and project based learning in conjunction with CodeHS.

Abbey Wesche