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I have 30 years of experience as a certificated Mathematics, Computer Programming and Applications and Statistics teacher. I have taught full time for the last 26 of these years for the Los Angeles Unified Schools at a Math/Science/Technology Magnet program teaching in all three of these subject areas. My "Specialty" course was Advanced Placement Computer Science, having taught this course with the Pascal, C++ and Java languages. There are over 2,500 of my former AP Computer Science students working either in a computer related field or in a profession such as Engineering, Business, or Medicine where they are applying their computer technology knowledge on a daily basis. Many have settled into wonderful "Dream Jobs" that make me wish I as 30 years younger and working right beside them. These young adults have adopted a common philosophy. In each of my subject areas they have realized that they needed to learn how to combine the skills they already possessed rather than learn new skills and identify how to solve the problems in front of them by properly applying these skills. With rare exceptions, when they first walked into my classroom they had no confidence in themselves. Together we found interesting and exciting ways to develop their confidence.
In Mathematics, especially, I have found that nearly every student who has difficulty has had poorly prepared teachers in their past, not necessarily as their current teacher. Usually it was in elementary school. I am patient with my students and work through problems with them. I will develop assignments and test questions that emphasize weaknesses I observe. Ultimately, I will have my students applying multiple techniques in solving "super" problems.
I have a Ph.D. in an Educational Psychology sub-field entitled Educational Research, Program Evaluation and Statistics. In my 30 years of teaching I have taught primarily at the high school level, briefly at the middle school level and during the years when our economy was in much better shape than it is today I have taught at Community Colleges and at colleges that are part of the California State University system in both undergraduate and graduate level programs.
I have 26 years’ experience as an Advanced Placement Computer Science teacher and have taught the subject material to students preparing to take the AP exam in the Pascal, C++ and Java programming languages. I have also adapted my assignments for students wishing to learn other programming languages such as Python, C , Robot C, Easy C, BASIC, Visual Basic, Fortran and Scratch. Keeping in mind the differences between these languages, the programming techniques and logic are very similar.
I have been involved in ongoing programming workshops held at UCLA and by the College Board since 1986 and have, on occasion, been the instructor for portions of these workshops.
I have been an AP Computer Science exam grader. I have taught Pascal, Visual Basic and C++ at local colleges. I have taught computer literacy and computer applications classes [using Windows and DOS based personal computers] at local colleges and through the Adult Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District. I currently have an approved syllabus on file with the College Board for AP Computer Science.
I have taught computer applications, computer programming, computer repair and computer logic since 1984 in Middle School, High School, Business School and College settings. I have seen Internet screens evolve from having green backgrounds with white text with work stations that had no hard drives and no mouse and from work stations that covered a student's entire desk to what we have today. I was teaching computer science when it was necessary to purchase browsers and when email first was created. I even recall when the first computer games were placed on the market.
I have taught computer science classes in a computer lab consisting exclusively of DOS/Windows based work stations since 1992. I had to maintain the systems using DOS commands. Even after Windows evolved into the overall operating system I still have used DOS commands to maintain the Windows based computer work stations.
I use a very low pressure approach and try to build up the student's self confidence and ability to learn on their own.
I was first exposed to Fortran in 1967. That was nearly 50 years ago. I have since had students planning to enroll in college as an Engineering major study Fortran on an individual basis either after completing a year of Advanced Placement Computer Science or they have completed my assignments using Fortran instead of what ever programming language the APCS exam was being written in.
I have 26 years’ experience as an Advanced Placement Computer Science teacher. Computer Logic is an integral fundamental building block of the APCS curriculum. Additionally, I have taught computer logic courses at the college level. The Linear Algebra course I have taught has a strong logic component both in terms of studying probability and in terms of building custom mathematical systems from scratch.
I have taught Data Base applications since 1985 using at least a dozen different packages including Access. As well I have taught classes where the student was required to cut and paste between Access and other Microsoft packages. Additionally, I have taught Visual Basic which has numerous features in common with the field set up steps required for Access.
I have taught computer programming and computer applications in a PC technology based computer lab since 1992. At that time Windows was an application rather than the computer's operating system. I have expanded my mastery of Windows every step of the way each time a new version was released. I constructed my own individual application icons for my classroom setting back when the Windows start up screen still consisted of groups of applications. Besides this I have also taught A+ certification for the Windows system.
I have 26 years’ experience as an Advanced Placement Computer Science teacher. PASCAL was the APCS language when I began teaching this subject in 1986. Besides the 27 years of background with this language at the high school level, I have also taught PASCAL at the college level. I have been involved in ongoing programming workshops held at UCLA and by the College Board since 1986 and have, on occasion, been the instructor for portions of these workshops. I have been an AP Computer Science exam grader.
I have a PhD in Educational Research, Program Evaluation and Statistics and have taught at the graduate level at CSUN as an Adjunct Professor back when they had a healthier budget and at CSULA as an Assistant Professor.
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