First Name

Ria

Last Name

Galanos

Bio

Ria Galanos is in her 15th year teaching and has been a computer science teacher since 2003. After the first leg of her teaching career at Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia, 2012 brought her to a new position teaching computer science at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia where she teaches both the old APCS AB course and Mobile App Development (for Android). Ria is passionate about introducing young people to the field of computer science, teaching them how to program, showing them how to create something from nothing, and making them thirsty to learn more. She enjoys collaborating with and mentoring other teachers in order to improve student achievement and retention in computer science. She is interested in finding ways to increase: the number of students who take computer science courses at the middle and high school levels, the percentage of girls and under-represented minorities in those courses, and the number of students who pursue further study in the field. She has served as a reader/table leader for the AP Computer Science exam since 2007. In 2010, she co-founded the Georgia chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and served as the chapter’s first president. She was a member of the 2008-09 Georgia Disciplinary Commons for Computing Educators and returned as the high school teacher leader for 2009-11. In 2010, she mentored two teaching teams for Georgia Institute of Technology’s Operation Reboot program, a program to help IT professionals re-enter the workforce as a high school computer science teacher by pairing them with an existing computing teacher. From 2011-13, Ria served on the Board of Directors for the CSTA as a 9-12th representative and chaired the Professional Development Committee. She serves as moderator of the CSTA Member Discussions Listserv. She is an active member of the Northern Virginia chapter of the CSTA and held a teacher workshop on App Inventor for the chapter in January 2013. In the summers of 2011 and 2012, Ria served as an instructor for Google’s Computer and Programming Experience (CAPE) camp for rising ninth graders. She continues to work with Google’s K12 Education Outreach team on projects geared towards inspiring young people to explore and pursue careers in computer science and is currently a teaching fellow for their Trailblazer program. She was one of 20 high-school educators to receive the 2011 Aspirations in Computing Educator Award sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Google for her support of young women’s participation in computing and technology. Ria holds a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an advanced teaching diploma from Emory University, and is endorsed to teach computer science, mathematics, and physics.