Author Information - Stacey Armstrong
My name is Stacey Armstrong and I am the author of this website and all materials posted on this website and on my blog ( Why CS is Cool! ). I have taught Computer Science in the great state of Texas for 15 years. I currently teach at Cypress Woods High School in Houston, TX. I help to deliver four different levels of Computer Science including pre/APAP, A Computer Science, and Computer Science III ( very similar to the AP AB course, but more games, graphics, and some robotics) and Computer Science IV.
One of my summer preps for teaching AP Computer Science is to attend the AP reading. The AP Computer Science Reading is currently being held in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have served at the AP Reading for seven years as a reader, table leader, and a question leader. In my opinion, the ap reading is the best professional development available for AP teachers. Apply to be reader at - apreader information
On the AP CS subject, I am currently serving on the AP Computer Science Principles commission charged with creating a new AP Computer Science course that help broaden participation. I will be working with a small group from the full commission to develop test items for a test for the course. Colleges and high schools are currently piloting the Principles course. Check my blog for more information.
Serving as an endorsed AP Computer Science consultant, I conduct AP Computer Science Summer Institutes as well as present at 1 day and 2 day conferences. I occassionally present at SIGCSE and the TCEA State Convention.
I serve as a member of the ACM Education Policy Committee. The ACM EPC works to ensure that computer science education is identified as a critical component of education policy. The ACM EPC works very hard to expand participation in Computing.
Currently, I am a member of CSTA and serve in Texas as a member of a CSTA cohort charged with building CSTA membership in Texas by way of creating local Texas CSTA chapters which will support computer science teachers.
I have sponsored/coached Computer Science teams for the last 13 years. My teams compete in the UIL Computer Science contest and local Comp Sci contests all over the state of Texas. During my time as CS team coach, I have had the great fortune to have coached 4 UIL Computer Science State champion teams and 4 TCEA State Programming Contest champion teams. Without a doubt, the contests are very rewarding experiences for teachers and students. Many of my former students continue to compete at the college level as members of ACM collegiate programming teams.
Along with sponsoring CS teams, I also serve as a member of the UIL Computer Science advisory committee and have served on the TCEA select committee for programming contests.
I host a Computer Science contest every year at my school and work closely with many other local schools to help them host contests. I spend lots of my spare time every year to promote Computer Science contests and to get more and more schools involved in Computer Science contests.
Below are pictures of my Cypress Falls teams from 2006 that were TCEA and UIL State Champions!