Amanda O'Mara!

Ohio Regional Manager - Microsoft TEALS Philanthropic Program

Amanda O'Mara is the Ohio Regional Manager for the Microsoft TEALS Philanthropic Program, which places industry volunteers in high school classrooms to support classroom teachers as they learn how to teach computer science. She is a former middle school technology and engineering teacher at Bio Med Science Academy, a STEM designated independent public school in Rootstown, OH.

Growing the Next Generation of Developers Through Volunteering

There is an increasing demand for computer science courses yet a shortage of teachers with the subject matter expertise required to teach these classes. The Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program provides a short-term solution to the teacher shortage and helps schools build a long-term and sustainable computer science program by partnering teachers new to computer science with industry volunteers who have computer science content expertise. Teachers in these partnerships learn computer science while team-teaching with volunteers until they are comfortable teaching independently. In this session, participants will hear about the Microsoft TEALS approach and discuss how industry volunteers can make an impact in a computer science classroom.

9:45 AM

Cosmo (Live 28 - Simul 18, 19)