First Name

Rita

Last Name

Woodfill

Bio

Since 1986, Rita Woodfill has shared the love of computer science with her students. She started computer science programs at two high schools and built them into the largest programs in Northside Independent School District. For fifteen years, Ms. Woodfill taught in PREP, a summer activity-based program designed to encourage under-represented minorities in STEM areas. During this time, she was the first teacher to serve on the advisory board and authored the computer science curriculum used throughout Texas. Additionally, she co-authored an entire curriculum in C+ to encourage more interest in the high school programming course. To help her female students, she makes sure they are aware of, and apply to, summer programs such as First Bytes sponsored by UT. In addition, her students participate in robotics for FIRST FTC and TCEA. She is especially tickled that the O'Connor team that advanced to TCEA state consists of female programmers.