First Name

Michelle

Last Name

Cannon

Bio

Michelle Cannon is a Graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in biochemistry and math. After spending time doing pharmaceutical research and raising her kids she realized that her passion was to teach and ensure that all kids had a chance to be successful. She went back to get her teaching certificate and started to teach Middle School Science and quickly realized that students needed to develop more critical thinking skills and be given more experience in problem solving. This was when she started to take online MOOC’s to learn programing and was trained through project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to facilitate workshops that bring Computer Science into Science. Michelle quickly embraced computer science and had her school trained to be the first school in the district to offer CS to all students through their core science class. As her passion for CS grew and her desire to offer CS for all she continued to take classes and worked with code.org to facilitate workshops for middle school teachers from all over the state to bring Computer Science into their schools. She currently is teaching computer science full time at CREST (the Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology) at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ. She works with the students and administration to spread the word about computer science and highlight CS for All. The program at CREST is highly sought after and through efforts of her and her colleagues the Computer Science program is expanding and reaching a diverse population with increasing numbers of women and minorities. She is also serving on the CSTA AZ board as the treasurer where they are working hard to spread CS throughout the state and get teachers trained in Computer Science through free and low cost workshops and conferences. On a personal side Michelle is married with 4 wonderful children. Her oldest son, Spencer, works with her husband, Shawn in a family owned aftermarket automotive business. Austin, a recent NAU graduate just moved to the Hamptons as a manager for at the Maidstone Country Club and is enjoying east coast living. Her daughter, Lexi, just graduated from California State University Bakersfield with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing while being a Division 1 scholar athlete with academic honors. She is currently seeking a position in event planning and hopes to move back to the LA area. Her youngest, Chloe, is in middle school with a growing interest in STEM and computer science and aspirations of attending CREST for high school. Chloe keeps the days and weekends busy with swim meets and social events but when she has free time you will catch Michelle riding her bike, hiking or taking a Computer Science class online.