Shirley earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering at UCSD then worked as a software development engineer creating front-end and back-end business software for government and private industry. Her continued volunteer work with high school students through the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF) inspired her to go into teaching. At the University of San Diego, she earned her M.Ed. focusing on technology in education. She has taught Statistics 1-2, AP Statistics, Robotics and AP Computer Science at Morse High School in San Diego. She has been a Teacher Fellow at UCSD COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science) since 2007. She has served as the Director of the GSDSEF (1999-2016), a member of the COSMOS Advisory Board and on the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’s Advisory Council. Additionally, she is the 2016 San Diego County Teacher of the Year and 2015 Scottish Rite Teacher of the Year. She currently is working at the San Diego Unified School District’s Office of Secondary Schools to create STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences for secondary students, computer science education and experiences, and the Unlocking the Genius experience to empower students by discovering their personal strengths and leveraging it for their future. In 2018, she was appointed by the California State Superintendent of Instruction to the Computer Science Implementation Plan Panel which will submit a plan to roll out K-12 computer science education in California. Shirley spends her free time writing and visiting the San Diego Zoo with her husband and young daughter. She has published four young adult fiction books Falling, Winter Solstice, Wintering, and Springing of her Bits and Pieces series in which the main character, Liz, loves STEM and takes computer science classes. She is currently writing her fifth book.