First Name

Elizabeth

Last Name

Eakin

Bio

I have a confession - when I was in high school I had no interest in computers or held any belief that I could ever have a career in tech. In fact, it wasn't until I was in graduate school at the University of Chicago in ecology and evolution that I really learned how to program computers and realized how much I loved working with technology! After receiving my PhD, I followed my passion for teaching and got a masters of education from the University of Illinois Chicago. This year, I am in my second year of teaching computer science at Northside College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. I couldn't be more thrilled to spend every day helping my amazing students expand their computational literacy! Throughout my career, I have benefitted greatly from the mentorship of other women in STEM fields and strive to be a mentor to women and gender non-conforming individuals with the goal of increasing their representation in STEM. To this aim, I co-sponsor Northside's Women In STEM club (WiSTEM) which is dedicated to helping young women explore STEM. As a co-sponsor of WiSTEM, I help students develop collaborations with local medical schools and universities to provide mentorship opportunities for WiSTEM members. I also invite women in STEM careers to speak to our club. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my two young boys who are currently teaching me all about legos, dinosaurs, and the joys of collecting rocks and cicada shells.