First Name

Catherine

Last Name

Wyman

Bio

Catherine Wyman has been teaching computer science and programming since 1989. She began teaching at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI and spent 19 years teaching at various institutions of higher learning before joining Xavier College Preparatory (Phoenix, AZ) in 2008. Catherine teaches Computer Programming, AP Computer Science A, and AP Computer Science Principles. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees Technology Committee, co-chair of Girls Have IT Day and Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) manager at Xavier. She is a member of CSTA, IEEE and NFHS Coaches Association. In 2008, Catherine co-founded "Girls Have IT Day!" with fellow Xavier teacher Frances McMahon Ward. This is an annual event at Xavier to engage, empower and encourage middle school girls in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Over 1,000 middle school girls are mentored by almost 500 high school students in hands-on STEAM actives. It provide a “near peer” mentoring model that works. Catherine has won teaching awards including Professor of the Year 2000, NCWIT Educator Award 2012, Outstanding Faculty Award 2014, and Northern Arizona University Teacher of the Month January 2015. Catherine passionately believes in encouraging girls in computer science and STEAM. "Every girl deserves an opportunity to be inspired to work harder in school." Catherine and her husband, Bruce, a physics teacher, have 3 children and they enjoy family time while visiting national parks during the summer.