Stony Point teacher named 'Superstar Teacher,’
December 15, 2014 - Stony Point High School computer science teacher Deborah Kariuki kicked off Computer Science Education Week December 8 with President Barack Obama at the White House.
Kariuki was one of 100 educators from across the United States to gather in Washington, D.C. for The 100 Teachers Workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Women and Information Technology.
Kariuki was chosen for the workshop because of her success with a computer science dual credit course at Stony Point. Students in the dual credit class receive a transcript from the University of Texas at Austin with three credit hours that can transfer to any Texas public university.
“Computer science is going to be the power of the future,” Kariuki said. “The presenters said the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ are going to be determined by those who know programming and those who don’t.”
As a former programmer, Kariuki has recognized the need to get students exposed to computer science by eighth grade. She said the teachers at the workshop pushed each other to continue advocating for more computer science programs in their districts to prepare students for future careers.
“We really need to spread computer science even more,” Kariuki said. “It’s our mission. Every student must be exposed to computer science.”
Along with her success as one of the select 100 computer science teachers in the country, Kariuki was also selected for the first class of College Board AP Advocates in Texas.
The AP Advocate program began in 2014 in California, Florida, Georgia and New York and just recently expanded to Texas with 50 teachers participating in the group. AP teachers with more than three years of experience are eligible to apply.
The AP Advocate program tasks AP teachers to encourage more students to participate in AP classes. Kariuki will also meet with local and state public officials to speak about the importance of AP classes.
“I want the students to know that if you take an AP class in high school, you learn the techniques of how to take notes and study above the regular standards,” Kariuki said. “The possibilities of being successful in college after AP classes is very high.”
11th Annual Holiday Gala in the SPHS Library
The 11th Annual Holiday Gala took place on Friday, December 12 in the SPHS Library. Student and teachers gathered during all lunches to kick off the holidays listening to holiday music performed by the award-winning Stony Point Band under the direction of Mr. Sedatole and the Jazz Band under the direction of Mr. Jurgens, with a guest performance by Mr. Washington. Happy Holidays!