About Me

I am an educational researcher committed to improving the learning and teaching of computing. I work at WestEd in Redwood City, California where I conduct research studies and program evaluations related to computer science education. I also spend some of my time on data management and project management for large-scale studies.

Topics that I really enjoy are: computing education, language learning, ethnocomputing, and language technologies.

My Recent Projects
    • Learning to Teach Computer Science: Qualitative Insights into Secondary Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge (my dissertation; presented at AERA 2016 & 2018, JPS 2017, ICER 2018; published in Computer Science Education)
    • Developing Computer Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge through On-the-Job Learning (WestEd’s five-year, NSF-funded study to explore PCK in high school teachers; our website; SIGCSE 2018)
    • Program evaluation to support clients in assessing and improving the effectiveness of their educational initiatives. Programs have included:
      • university-level interdisciplinary computing programs
      • ICT pathways for Latinx youth
      • immersive summer programs in computing for youth of color
      • app and business development competition for girls across the globe
      • community outreach to support faculty in internationalizing course curricula
    • Data gathering and data cleaning for randomized control trials in middle school and collegiate mathematics (shared on/at EvaluATE blog, RUME 2017, Bringing Cognitive Science Research to the Classroom – poster 4)

What I’m Building
    • Eloquence: a text editor that helps you analyze and improve the lexical diversity of your writing. It was designed to encourage more powerful prose.
What I’m Reading
Life with Two Languages: An Introduction to Bilingualism
Grokking Algorithms An Illustrated Guide For Programmers and Other Curious People
Comment parler à un alien ?
Ma vie sous algorithmes
The Goldilocks Challenge: Right-Fit Evidence for the Social Sector

Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Handbook of Epistemic Cognition
African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design
Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less
Understanding and Developing Science Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge: 2nd Edition


My Training
Ph.D, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University (2017)
M.A., Learning Sciences, Northwestern University (2012)
B.S., Computer Science & French and Francophone Studies, Carnegie Mellon University (2006)