Are you new to teaching computer science, the only computer science teacher in your building (or district), or just wish you had some people to go to when you have questions about computer science teaching and learning? Luckily, Indiana has some AMAZING, experienced computer science educators that are here to help! Below you will find a list of accomplished Indiana CS teachers who are happy to connect with you! These CS Champs are from various parts of the state and serve a variety of grade-levels. Check it out! Feel free to reach out to any of them if you would like to ask questions or seek advice.
Julie Alano - Hamilton Southeastern High School
Mrs. Julie Alano began teaching at Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) High School in Fishers, Indiana in 1998. She has seen many changes in the school and community, including in her classrooms and courses. She has taught Algebra II and other math courses but now focuses on computer science. She teaches AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, and Computer Science I and has also taught Intro to Computer Science. This year she added courses in Cybersecurity and App Development. Mrs. Alano started the CybeRoyals student-led tech squad at the school and sponsors the computer club. As founder and president of the Hoosier Heartland Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, she works to promote and support K-12 computer science education across the state. In 2015-2016, she worked as a writer for the national Framework for K-12 Computer Science Education. She has also served on standards writing committees at the state level in Indiana. Julie became a code.org Computer Science Principles Facilitator in the fall of 2016, the first year the course was offered as AP. Mrs. Alano was named Teacher of the Year for HSE High School and HSE Schools (a district of over 21,000 students) in May 2016. In April of 2017, she was named State Tech Educator of the Year by the TechPoint Foundation in Indiana. Julie is also the head girls track coach at HSE High School and is currently president of the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches, after serving 11 years as secretary, and 2 years as vice president. In her spare time, she helps at her family’s farm and orchard near Shelbyville, Indiana and can be found selling fresh produce at a local farmers’ market on Saturdays.
Ryan Bean - Sense Charter School
Ryan Bean teaches technology and computer science at Sense Charter School and works as the school IT guy, Google admin, and technology coordinator. He graduated in 2013 from Indiana University and worked for several years in special education, RTI, Kindergarten, and 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. Ryan has always had a passion for technology and openly labels himself as a mega nerd, so he decided his rightful place was in technology education. He then moved on to teaching technology in Carmel before being hired at Sense Charter School. Ryan teaches a large range of topics including Google Apps, computer science, and digital citizenship, and utilizes productivity tools, Code.org, Lego EV3, VEX, Clever, and many other systems to coordinate the school's technology and effectively teach CS.
Taylor Bean - Warsaw Community Schools
Taylor Bean has worked as an elementary teacher at Warsaw Community Schools for over a decade. Currently, he works for the district as an instructional coach focusing on STEM education and high ability education. Taylor is passionate about using technology to enhance learning, equipping students with 21st century skills, and helping students make connections between computer science and math, language arts, and students’ lives. Taylor is a PLTW Launch Lead Teacher, a certified high ability educator, and an advocate for computer science learning for all students.
Kristen Haubold - Riley High School
Kristen Haubold has taught Computer Science for 4 years at Riley High School. She has taught AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and Cybersecurity. Kristen is a proud alumnus of Indiana University Bloomington. She currently resides in South Bend Indiana, where she also works as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at South Bend Code School.
Brandy Hicks - Milan Community Schools
In her professional journey, Brandy has served the educational community as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher in urban and rural school districts. She had the opportunity to begin her teaching career with third graders at Jesse Sherwood Elementary School on Chicago’s south side. Working with these children presented her with many different kinds of challenges that allowed her to grow as an educator. Brandy is very grateful for having had that experience. It allowed her to appreciate all the opportunities that one has in this country to achieve, no matter where one comes from or one's income status. Education is the equalizer that allows every person to reach their full potential. This ideal, which became her mission in the classroom from those early experiences, has been her beacon with every class she has taught since those first years. After leaving Chicago, Brandy moved to Indianapolis and found a teaching position with MSD of Pike Township at Guion Creek Elementary as a fifth grade teacher. Currently, she is a technology coach and technology teacher at a rural school in Milan, Indiana. While at Milan Community School Corporation, she has taught math and computer science classes in both middle and high school. She is an educational presenter, and has led her district in the roll-out of Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education, Masters of Technology in the Classroom, and a Computer Education License.
Phil Sands - Purdue University
Phil serves as the K-12 Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. In this role, he works with teachers to help improve their practice, students in order to engage them with computing ideas, and community members to help them understand the important role computer science will play in our rapidly changing world. In addition, Phil is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on the impact of self-regulation in the computer science classroom, issues relating to teacher pedagogical knowledge in computer science, and the use of online learning environments to broaden participation in computing. Previously, Phil worked as a K-12 statistics and computer science teacher in Michigan and Maryland, and also as a software engineer.
Kerry Sensenbrenner - Harwood Career Preparatory High School
Kerry is a certified life science and computer science teacher at Harwood Career and Preparatory High School (formerly Academy for Innovative Studies First Avenue) in Evansville, IN. She currently teaches biology and computer science to students in grades 9 through 12. Kerry received her B.S. (2006) in Biology / Secondary Math Science Teaching from The Florida State University. In addition to teaching, Kerry is a facilitator of the code.org course, Computer Science Discoveries. Her business experience includes working as a National Account Executive at AT&T and Event Engineer at Planning Forever Events. Kerry is married and has a daughter and a son.
Justin Smith - Pike High School
Justin is a Computer Science teacher at Pike High School in Indianapolis. He is also an advisor for his school’s Business Professionals of America chapter. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Ball State University and his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Indianapolis. Justin worked in hotel and retail management after receiving his Bachelor degree and made the jump to education after realizing that helping and training people were his favorite parts of management. Justin currently teaches Introduction to Computer Science, Computer Science I, and Computer Science II.
Katy Sparks - Monroe County Community School Corporation
Katy Sparks is the STEM and Computer Science Coach for the Monroe County Community Schools Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana. She works with teachers at 14 elementary schools to integrate STEM and computer science standards into the school day. Before starting this position, Katy taught third grade for eight years, including seven years at Grandview Elementary School, a STEM certified school. She is also a member of the Indiana STEM Council and STEM Cadre.