First Name

Ann

Last Name

Wittbrodt

Bio

Ann Wittbrodt began teaching computer programming to high school students in 1980, with a custom built computer system. Students learned the fundamentals of programming using languages such as BASIC, Pascal, and Fortran. Ann took classes in programming at a local college and was typically only a few days ahead of her students. This experience convinced her to return to school at Michigan State University, where she earned a Master’s degree in computer science. She was recruited to work for Hewlett-Packard Co., in Palo Alto and became the Technology Director for HP’s Education Services business. In her capacity at HP she was able to recruit women into a variety of technical careers and she volunteered to speak at local Silicon Valley middle schools about women in technology. After taking early retirement in 2007, Ann returned to her first love, teaching, and has taught for the last 8 years at Sonoma Valley High School, in Sonoma, CA. Ann started the AP Computer Science course at Sonoma Valley High 4 years ago and the program has grown from 13 students to 27 students, with girls representing almost half the enrollment. She also teaches AP Calculus and Precalculus.