First Name

Barbara

Last Name

Froehlich

Bio

. Due to my efforts our school was chosen as one of the forty high schools to pilot the new AP CS Principles course. This course is designed to appeal to a broader span of students and tries to lessen the gap in equity of women and minorities in computer science. I am a strong advocate for equity and equal representation of women and minorities in computer science. In addition, through our school’s Technology Student Association chapter I have established an outreach program for the sixth graders to gain programming and or engineering experience while being mentored by our high school students. The sixth graders learned about civil engineering and developing a virtual city in SimCity as they participated in the Future City program. I am also one of the advisors for our school's FIRST FRC Robotics Team 5310 which has 42 members, 80% of the team are girls. I have been a curriculum writer for the district for the past couple of years, working on the team that did the revisions of the 2010 Biology , Honors Biology and Environmental Science. I developed and implemented the Engineering and Programming curriculum which were both year long courses in 2012. This past year, I developed and implemented the Advanced Engineering, The Advanced Programming- CS Principles and a half year Game Development course in Alice and Game Maker. I was selected as WDHA "Teacher that Rocks" and the East Orange STEM Academy Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015. In Dec 2014 I was selected as one of the "100 Teachers in Computer Science" and attended a two day workshop in Washington , DC. to celebrate Grace Hopper Birthday and CS Ed Week. I am a great supporter of CS Ed Week and have given presentations for the past three years to the Technology Lead Teachers in my school district at the November meeting regarding CS Ed Week and the Hour of Code. During the 2016 CS Ed week, I coordinated, outreach to the middle school for the Hour of Code, had a Computer Hardware Petting Zoo Expo, had engineers from Picatinny Arsenal come to the school and give demos on the programming behind 3D printing and creating Apps and had two guest speakers from New Jersey Insitute of Technology give assembly presentations on Computer Science for both the middle school and high school As a biology teacher for the first four year of my teaching career I brought appealing and differing programs into my classroom, such as the Panasonic Challenge and the NJ Trout in the Classroom program, which I have been involved with for the past seven years. I strive to find engaging lessons and labs while attending both the NJSTA and NSTA conferences. I continue to bring the same zeal for teaching into my engineering, computer science and programming courses.