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Shirley earned her B.S. in Computer Engineering at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) then worked as a software development engineer. Her continued volunteer work with high school students through the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair (GSDSEF) inspired her to go into teaching. At the University of San Diego, she earned her M.Ed. focusing on technology in education. She has taught Statistics 1-2, AP Statistics, Robotics and AP Computer Science at her alma mater, Morse High School in San Diego. It was her APCS teacher who handed the reins of the CS program over to her years ago. She now works as a resource teacher for her district to help develop various programs including increasing computer science opportunities to all students. This is will be her twelfth summer as a Teacher Fellow at the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) at the UCSD campus. Her cluster focuses on computer science and engineering topics and projects. In addition to teaching, she has served as the Director of the GSDSEF, is a COSMOS Advisory Board member emerita and on the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’s Advisory Council. Shirley spends her free time writing, visiting the zoo and playing logic games with her young daughter. She has published four books Falling, Winter Solstice, Wintering, and Springing of her Bits and Pieces series. She is currently writing her fifth book. Her main character has an affinity to computer science.