Alaska's Finest CS Facilitators
Leola Rutherford is a 6th Grade Classroom teacher and Middle School Debate Coach at Girdwood PreK-8 School with a Masters Degree in Education and over 20 years of teaching experience. Leola is passionate about boosting student engagement through technology integration, hands-on projects, Socratic Seminars, and Project-Based Learning. In addition to being a Code.org CS Discoveries Facilitator, Leola is a regular presenter at the Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) annual conference, ANSEP, and AEA Good Teaching Institute. Always interested in learning new things, Leola recently earned her Google Education Level 2 Certification. Leola is honored to be part of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Teacher Innovator Institute (TII), an Ambassador for Project Invent, and advocate for Next Generation Personal Finance. She is passionate about empowering young people to use their computer science skills and creativity to solve community problems. She is a proponent of Code.org and became a CS Discoveries Facilitator to help inspire more educators to provide meaningful making and coding opportunities for young people. Let's help make CSforAll possible by providing fun hands-on learning with a purpose.
Cindy Duncan has been a teacher, mentor and tech coach in Sitka, Alaska for over 15 years. She is also an adjunct instructor with the University of Alaska Southeast where she teaches future educators how to integrate technology into their classrooms. She is passionate about using innovative tech to fuel powerful learning. She has a passion for revolutionizing learning and helping other educators make learning irresistible. She empowers students to use their voice and creativity to solve real-world problems. Cindy is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert & Master Trainer. She was one of the first Global Minecraft Educator Mentors and was selected as the first ever elementary HP Teaching Fellow with Digital Promise & Reinvent the Classroom (partnership with HP, Intel, & Microsoft). Her classroom was featured in Ted Dintersmith’s book, “What Schools Could Be” and Dr. Lynne Schrum’s book, “Learning Super Charged.” She has written for EdSurge and has been featured in various articles, webinars, and podcasts over the years.
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Qualities of Alaska's Champion CS Facilitators