Mission

Launch CS provides computer science/computational thinking integration professional development for K-8 educators. Our organization was made for teachers, by teachers. Teachers rave about our online, in-person, and train-the-trainer courses because we focus on developing practical content and pedagogical knowledge in an exciting and engaging setting. But don't take our word for it, check out what people say about us.

We help districts and schools successfully launch computer science education initiatives across the country. We've worked with a wide range of educators including individuals through our online courses, course delivery to schools and districts, State level organizations through our train-the-trainer program, writing curriculum for national organizations, and even writing international K-12 computer science education standards.

Affiliate Trainers

Angie

Angie Kalthoff

St. Cloud, MN


Angie is a Technology Integrationist in a public school district where she focuses on pedagogy, computational thinking, and the 4 C’s. In addition, she leads professional learning for educators, students and families. Angie is a former classroom teacher, English as a Second Language, where she worked with new-to-country elementary students. As the former cofounder of an EdTech startup, she now strives to help others understand the skills needed for learners to be successful in today's and tomorrow's society. She does this by providing opportunities to learn through real life examples and makes computer science accessible for all.

Angie@launchcs.com

Craig

Dr. Craig Levy

Austin, TX


Dr. Craig Levy built a successful career in private industry before turning to education. Today he oversees K-12 Computer Science in Austin, Texas for a school district of 75,000 plus students and is a strong advocate for Computational Thinking and STE(A)M programming for students with diverse backgrounds. He is the 1999 / 2000 recipient of the eGovernment award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of technology in K – 12 Education. Dr. Levy has been asked to speak to many small groups of educators around the country promoting technologies’ role in motivating students to achieve.

Craig@launchcs.com

Lisa

Lisa Bohaty

Lincoln, NE


Lisa Bohaty is a K-5 Computer Science teacher and elementary tech leader. She is a board member NETA (Nebraska Education Technology Association) and helps shape the use of technology across the state. She has been teaching for sixteen years and works with kids daily to build computational thinking and problem solving skills. She has a strong belief that all students can and should be given opportunities to learn computer science skills and is a strong advocate for CSforAll. Lisa has lead many after school clubs and summer programs to help students build STEM skills. She loves to present at conferences and lead professional development.

Lisa@launchcs.com

Liza

Liza Rickey

Issaquah, WA


Liza is an assistant principal at a STEM elementary public school in Washington State. As an instructional leader, she has lead the development of an integrated computer science approach to include CS standards, computational thinking, NGSS, ISTE standards. Liza is a former classroom teacher, STEM and Instructional Technology curriculum specialist, Science Fellow, and teacher mentor. Liza is a dedicated advocate for rigorous and excellent educational opportunities for all students, especially in regards to computer science.

Liza@launchcs.com

Matthew

Matthew Cushing

Houston, TX


Matthew works with teachers and students in STEM Education as the Director of Programs and Operations for the Rice University Office of STEM Engagement. His passion is in the integration of all components within STEM and instructional practices. Matthew has served in many roles within education including teacher, instructional coach, technology specialist, curriculum developer, and consultant. He has also served on educational executive committees at both the local and state levels.

Matthew@launchcs.com

Mike

Mike Burton

Park City, UT


Mike is an elementary computer science teacher and instructional technology coach. His background includes: leading and developing PD with a focus on computer science and educational technology, he was one of the leaders involved with the implementation of a CS K-12 initiative within his district, and has been an instructor for the district wide educational technology endorsement program. He is committed to computer science in elementary education. He believes that students who are taught CS at a young age will begin to develop the skills that are necessary to have success in an ever-changing world.

Mike@launchcs.com

Valerie

Valerie Buck

Issaquah, WA


Valerie is an Instructional Technology Specialist in a public-school system with 10 years of teaching experience in elementary and middle school classrooms. Teaching middle school math earned her Washington State PTA Outstanding Educator in 2014. Today she provides professional development to teachers with an emphasis on ISTE EdTech standards, digital citizenship, and computational thinking that is integrated into core curriculum. Valerie is passionate about ensuring equity for all learners and giving students the opportunity to see themselves as capable in the ever-growing field of Computer Science.

Valerie@launchcs.com


Leadership

Cheri

Cheri Bortleson, MEd

Governing Board


Cheri has experience as a K-5 STEM and Computer Science implementation leader in the public schools. She leads professional development for teachers, supports teachers with classroom implementation and coaching, and has worked to develop curriculum that integrates computational thinking into K-5 core subjects. Cheri is a former classroom teacher, special education teacher, literacy specialist, curriculum developer, instructional coach, and elementary principal.

Grant

Grant Smith, MET

President


Grant is a former computer science teacher and district administrator. He has led #CSforAll initiatives at multiple school districts in multiple states across the nation and has developed computer science curricula and standards. In 2015 he won the Digital Promise/EdSurge Digital Innovation in Learning Award. He has served on national computer science education panels. He is also one of the authors of the 2017 CSTA Computer Science Standards.

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