I am the older of two girls in a family of ten children. While I value my relationships with my brothers, I also had to self-advocate to climb into the tree house that I helped build and play in the pickup football and other games from which I was initially excluded. In school, I forged my own way in choosing the courses that I wanted to take which were math, science and computer programming. I studied programming (Fortran, Assembler, C++) in the context of coursework in college and graduate school. My undergraduate degree is in Biophysics from Pennsylvania State University. I have a MS in Secondary Education, Mathematics, from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. I worked as the IT person for a small business before beginning my teaching career. In my first school position, in addition to teaching math, I formed a Math Club and took care of most of the hardware, including network hardware and administration with the assistance of a consulting firm. I moved to teaching high school science and math. I began the STEAM club to encourage more students to find out about technology and computing related careers. I approached our vice principal about offering the AP CSP course. My philosophical approach is that students need to see successful women working in Computer Science, especially from underrepresented groups. I have arranged field trips to local universities, promoted engineering workshops and camps. For the past two years, I have mentored a team that participated in the Pennsylvania Governor's STEM Competition. Students researched community problems, developed a solution and produced a prototype. I am particularly interested in encouraging students to explore the use of microcomputers and micro-controllers, so I purchased a Raspberry Pi and several Arduinos. Students are able to tinker with the devices and work on programming for both. I do not want to see my students limit themselves because they could not see potential success in a STEM field. I really want them to have choice.