First Name

Josh

Last Name

Paley

Bio

Josh Paley is a Computer Science and Mathematics teacher at Henry M. Gunn HS in Palo Alto, CA where he is fortunate to have lots of smart, hard-working students. He has helped to grow the computer science program there from 50-60 students to almost 250 in 2013/2014 (and projected 320 in 2014/2015). He is encouraged by the new highs in female students in both introductory and AP courses, but he remains frustrated that the percentage of female students is still appallingly low (still under 30%). Josh thinks that a year of Computer Science should be mandatory to graduate from high school and is a member of the CSTA Leadership Cohort, a group of about 70 teachers nationwide that are trying to effect change to promote CS education. He is also excited about partnering with UC-Berkeley on their pilot for a new AP CS Principles course. He also served as an instructor for Google's CAPE program in 2010 and 2011. Josh won a national fantasy baseball contest in Y2K and occasionally writes articles on baseball on the side; he has been a writer for Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster since 2011. He is an avid indoors man as he is allergic to things such as plants, dirt, and probably fresh air. He enjoys board games and poker and is a ferocious Boggle player. Josh has an awesome wife, Suzanne, who does bioinformatics at SRI International, and three amazing kids: Allison, Karen, and Trevor. He thinks he is very lucky.