About

 

CSTA-NYC was launched in September 2017 as the New York City chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association. The chapter builds on the momentum of the CSNYC Education Meetup, which was started in November 2013 as a community of professional practice for CS educators in New York City. CSNYC is an independent nonprofit that works to ensure that all students in NYC public schools and across the country have access to high-quality computer science education.

CSTA-NYC is dedicated to computer science teaching and learning in NYC.

  • We are hub for a connected community of K-12 educators, researchers, content providers, funders, industry, and others.
  • This hub builds the capacity, content knowledge, and confidence of this community.
  • We support one another and contribute to the field of K-12 CS education.
 
 
 
 

Leadership Committee

 
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ADA IBE

Ada is the NY/NJ Senior Regional Program Manager at TEALS. Ada taught history with a graduate degree in education for 12 years. When she moved to New York in 2012, she became a sponsor for the school’s Girls Who Code club.  Then the school joined forces with TEALS and Ada became the partner teacher. She helped grow the CS program at her last school from one class of 6 students to multiple filled-to-capacity Intro and AP Comp Sci A classes. Ada joined TEALS because she really enjoys computer science and believes all students should have access to trying computer science. She believes that while there are potential economic benefits to students who pursue computer science, the biggest benefits the skills and confidence students gain that will help them throughout their lives.


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SERENE GALLEGOS

As Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Program Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility, Serene Gallegos leads the Ignite My Future in School program, TCS’s collaborative education initiative with Discovery Education. In her role, she works in close partnership with school districts across the country to bring free, high-quality teacher professional development that incorporates computational thinking into all core subject areas.

Serene brings 10 years of experience leading program development and delivery, fundraising initiatives, strategic partnerships, and business development efforts at non-profits including CSNYC/CSforALL and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.  A proud former NYC public school teacher, she has devoted her career to improving educational experiences, opportunities, and outcomes for young people from underrepresented communities. Serene graduated with a BA in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University and received an MS in Special Education at Hunter College. She is based in Edison, NJ.


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DIANE LEVITT

Diane Levitt is the Senior Director of K-12 Education for Cornell Tech. She drives engagement with the NYC computing education community, including the Dept. of Education's CS4All initiative, and works with individual schools to catalyze K-12 computer science. She is responsible for Cornell Tech's annual conference, To Code and Beyond, convening educators, nonprofit and industry leaders, policymakers and funders to examine best practices and innovative solutions in K-12 computing education.

Before joining Cornell Tech, Diane was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Belkin, and philanthropic advisor to Belkin's founder and CEO. Diane received a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College, and a Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies and Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University. 


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KYLIE DAVIS

Kylie Davis served in schools and nonprofit organizations before joining the Computer Science Education team at the NYC Department of Education where she supports communications as well as the development and implementation of teacher and student engagement strategies for Computer Science for All. She is deeply committed to supporting cross-functional, collaborative efforts that help to ensure that NYC students receive a meaningful computer science education. Kylie received a B.S. in Community, Environment, and Development from Penn State and a M.A. in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. 


MICHAEL PRESTON

Michael is a Managing Partner of CSforALL, the national hub of the K-12 Computer Science for All movement. CSforALL is the evolution of CSNYC, where Michael was Executive Director for three years before shifting the organization to a national focus. CSNYC remains New York City's partner in the 10-year Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative and active in the local CS education community. Prior to joining CSNYC, Michael designed and led digital learning initiatives at the NYC Department of Education including programs in middle and high school computer science, personalized learning, and digital literacy. He also worked at Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science in Education.


GORDON CAMPBELL

Gordon Campbell is the Chair of the Computer Science Department at The Dalton School, where he has taught for 14 years. Previously he taught at Teachers College, Columbia University and worked as a programmer at Columbia and a variety of companies including Liberty Mutual and General Motors. 


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ALEX QIN

Alex Qin is a Brooklyn-based software engineer, educator, and public speaker. She believes in universal access to computer science education and in the importance of building technology for good. She is the founder of the Code Cooperative, an organization that teaches formerly incarcerated individuals digital literacy and coding as a means of liberation. She sits on the Associate Board of Mouse and Code/Interactive. She recently left Gakko where she was the Director of Technology to work on the Code Cooperative full time. Prior to that, she was the Web Engineering Team Lead at Skillshare and the Curriculum Director at Coalition for Queens. She holds a B.A. in Computer Science from New York University.