First Name

James

Last Name

Veseskis

Bio

James Veseskis is a Computer Science teacher at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. James serves as the project coordinator for a Connecticut State Department of Education MSP grant in which teachers across the state are trained in the nationally recognized Exploring Computer Science curriculum. The main focus of the curriculum is to bring equity in computer science to underrepresented minorities, children with disabilities, and girls. As project coordinator of the Exploring Computer Science grant James has also provided over 40 school counselors in the State of Connecticut an opportunity to be trained by the National Center for Women in Information technology in guiding students toward a pathway in computer science. He also has worked with the Connecticut Science Center to train middle school girls in computer programming in 2015 and 2016. He helped organized and run the first ever hackathon at the Connecticut Science Center. In September of 2107 he was a mentor for one of his students who won the Aspire It award for NCWIT. He helped guide a group of high school girls as they development and implemented coding sessions in App Inventor II for middle school girls. The event culminated in a hackathon for all the participants. James currently is a master teacher in the Mobile CSP. He has presented at state, national and international conferences for the Mobile CSP program in 2014, 2015 and 2016. As Vice President of CSTA -CT, James has worked tirelessly to not only bring the world of computer science to students but teachers across the state of Connecticut. He has provided paid opportunities for CT-CSTA members showcase their expertise and run professional development for teachers in computer science.