Luis Alberto Caceres Esparza
Never consider study as an obligation, but as the opportunity to penetrate the beautiful and wonderful world of knowledge.
Luis Cáceres Esparza is a science and technology teacher at Wanelen school in the community of Castro, in Chiloé, CHILE. Luis is in charge of the science department at his school. He is a father of two beautiful children and husband of Angie Alvial who is also a math teacher at the same school. He has been teaching for 13 years and for him, the most important thing is considering students for their qualities rather than just as a number or a grade. He has actively participated in the implementation of digital texts in Chile, participated twice in DENSI, and is proud to be part of the IMFIS Global collaboration group.
Computational Thinking empowers students to be innovators and create solutions to real-world community issues.
Gayla Davidson is a passionate Science teacher that believes that diversity and inclusion is a need in every classroom. She is a 6th-grade science teacher at Desoto West Middle School in suburban Dallas, Texas, and has 9 years of experience in the middle school classroom. Gayla also spent many years as a keynote and educational consultant.
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.
Shawn DeLuca is an Instructional Facilitator of Computer Science for Loudoun County Public Schools. He currently works at nine elementary schools throughout the county. Three of his schools are Computer Science Immersion and integrate coding in their daily curriculum. He also works at the only PBL through the lens of Computational Thinking school in his county. He has presented at FETC and the Code to the Future Summit. He loves providing monthly PD for teachers looking to integrate CS and CT into their daily lessons. Currently, he is working with his team to create a K-12 Computer Science/Computational Thinking curriculum based on the Virginia Computer Science SOLs.
The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.
Terra-Lee Gratton is a 4th-grade teacher from St.Paul, Alberta, Canada. An educator for 20 years, she has a passion for integrating technology in the classroom in project-based learning opportunities. She played an integral part in establishing a Makerspace in her K-5 school all while encouraging students to explore and achieve the Provincial competencies.
She has presented at numerous local, interprovincial, and international conferences in recent years and is always willing to learn about current and relevant teaching practices to inspire and ignite a love of learning for all students.
Giving children problems to solve using Computational Thinking will create forward-thinking adults in the future.
Hayley Mckechnie is a Teacher at Lee Chapel Primary School in Basildon, Essex, UK. She has been a teacher for 10 years and for the past year has focused on delivering Computing lessons across the upper school and support the trust of six schools. Her aim is to ensure that all children leave school with an advanced understanding of Computational Thinking and Computer Science. She is also responsible for training the new teachers in Essex, how to teach Computing.
The power of computational thinking lies in the fact that once you show students how to apply it when solving problems, they will naturally begin to apply CT from that moment forward. They will forever receive the benefits of using CT to find solutions.
Diego Vela teaches STEM Lab and Computer Studies at a private school in Monterrey, México. He has been a classroom educator for 12+ years now. He has presented at ISTE, DENSI, and other local PD sessions. He believes that education is the international language spoken by passionate educators and that great things happen when you trust other teachers.