Newly elected CSTA Colorado President:
 
Anna Otto
 
Bio:
Anna Otto is passionate about providing students with computer science opportunities and supporting 21st century teaching and learning. As the Computer Science and Online Learning Coordinator for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, she is responsible for overseeing and facilitating the development of a K-12 computer science pathway and supporting digital literacy and computational thinking integration into core content areas. In 2019, in response to the need for local CS professional learning opportunities, Anna launched Rock CS (Rocky Mountain Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators) in collaboration with SVVSD. Additionally, Adams 12 was featured in Education Week (2019) and Colorado’s Stories of Promising Practice (2020) for the strides the district has taken toward providing students with equitable access to computer science learning opportunities.
 
Before joining Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Anna was a 4th and 5th grade teacher, research methods instructor, middle school tech and applied tech teacher, and a tech trainer. Anna lives in Longmont, CO where she spends her non-working hours with her husband, chasing their 7 year old twin boys and 9 year old daughter.
 
What Anna hopes to accomplish in the position: 
I would love to grow membership and participation in our CSTA chapter. I would like to continue to provide our members with powerful learning and collaboration opportunities in their interest areas, as well as in culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices. There continues to be a significant gender and ethnicity gap both in education and industry that I believe we as educators can take strides to improve through more inclusive pedagogical and recruitment strategies.
 

Newly elected CSTA Colorado Secretary:

Sonia Spindt

Bio:

Sonia is a California native, who earned her degree in Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley. It wasn’t until a friend asked Sonia to attend a Women Who Code event that she discovered the power of computer science. After graduating in 2014, Sonia began working for UCSF in a neuro-oncology lab, where she explored the mitotic origins of glioblastomas. Although her research focused on stem cells, she often relied on the programming skills she acquired in college to analyze the biological data she collected, further highlighting just how pervasive computer science has become in today’s workforce.

Motivated to help further diversify the field of computer science, she joined Teach for America, where she began teaching Web Development and AP Computer Science Principles in East Oakland. Now, she teaches Data Science and Machine Learning courses at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in Centennial, CO. Sonia is constantly inspired by her students and is excited to continue to empower her students to explore STEM fields and careers. She loves to travel when she can and believes the best way to experience a new culture is through food!

What Sonia hopes to accomplish in the position:

Many computer science teachers work in isolation; some are the only CS teacher at their school site while others have found themselves lucky enough to land in a small department where all individuals are spread across an entire pathway – in this case, no two teachers think about the same thing. CSTA can not only bring people together but it can help teachers find the collaborative space they need to elevate their practice.

As someone who was a member of one of California’s most active chapters of CSTA, I hope to bring outreach and professional development facilitation experience to CO’s CSTA. In doing so, I hope to increase membership and to provide the structures or routines individuals need to find membership in CSTA exciting and fruitful.

Upcoming CSTA Colorado Events
August 2022
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