Jenkintown School District’s Ms. Anne Kelly received an honorable mention in the 2022 Computer Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards. The award is “designed to recognize outstanding teaching by K–12 computer science teachers. Winners excel in inspiring students to explore the computer science field, engaging students in learning rigorous standards-aligned computer science content, and broadening the participation of underrepresented students in computing.”
Ms. Kelly is currently serving as the President of the CSTA Philadelphia chapter, and is a Digital Media Arts teacher at the Jenkintown Middle and High School.
From the CSTA website:
Ms. Annie Kelly started her career as an English educator and considers herself a Computer Science transplant, due especially to Dr. Tammy Pirmann, a mentor who saw in her a Computer Scientist. Annie’s CS career has been propelled by giving back that same belief to her students to dispel the impostor syndrome that is rampant in CS spaces today. Jumping headfirst into CS in 2016, Annie joined CSTA Philly and found incredible camaraderie, support, and challenges therein. Annie is also a member of the Rainbow STEM Alliance and oSTEM to be more visible for her students. Since her arrival in her current District, she has increased female participation in CS courses by over 800%, and recently earned the 2021 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. She has participated in curriculum development, research, AP readings, school and local initiatives, and various professional development opportunities, and shows no signs of slowing