First Name

Aimee

Last Name

Staats

Bio

Aimee earned her B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, San Bernardino. It was here that she first noticed the astonishing gender imbalance in computer science education. After graduating, she quickly discovered that teaching was her true passion and she went on to earn her M.A. in Education from California State University, Sacramento. She conducted extensive research on local use of computers in high school mathematics classrooms and wrote her Master's thesis on her findings, along with suggestions for providing appropriate support for teachers. Aimee has been a teacher since 2005 and has taught at an all-girls high school since 2007. With no computer science courses available to teach, she jumped on the opportunity to make a difference in CS education for young women. She proposed, designed, and implemented the school's first AP Computer Science course and is currently working to further expand technology course offerings there. She serves on the school's faculty technology committee, the school's technology plan committee, has led technology workshops for her colleagues, coaches the school's Mathletes team, and coaches all-girl teams for the local HP Codewars programming competition. Aimee has a second job teaching an online, statewide course for graduating high school seniors who need remediation in math before attending college. She freelances as a grant writer and website designer. She founded the Sacramento chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association and currently serves as the chapter's president. This local organization has a commitment to increase and improve technology course offerings in the area, and to bring computer science education to underrepresented student populations. She loves the opportunity to be a mentor to so many bright young women, and strives to encourage a love of math and computer science in them.