Meet Star CS Teacher Beth

March 27th, 2018

“CS teaches and builds upon skills that every person needs in any career or job in the future.  And anyone can do it regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, or ability.”

Teacher: Beth Kimball

School: Indiana School for the Deaf

Subject: Intro to Computer Science

How would you explain computer science to someone is completely unaware of the subject? 

How computers work, and how humans get computers to work for us, including but not limited to all skills required to improve lives through the use and development of computers.

Why do you think it is important for students to take Computer Science courses?

CS not only provides kids with exposure to technology and a basis for understanding how technology works, but it also develops marketable skills that they will need in their future, regardless of which career path they end up in.

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love helping people improve. My original plan was to become a college professor, and then quickly realized that I don’t like adults. Middle school and high school is my happy place.

If you weren’t a teacher, what other career or job would you like to pursue and why?

Window washer on skyscraper. I love the thinking process that is required to do a good job, and I like to do things that people assume I couldn’t do.

What is your favorite movie and why?

ELF. It was the only movie or TV we had when I lived in New Hampshire for 4 years. We watched it constantly, and it became a huge staff inside joke to try and speak only in ELF quotes for the entire day.

Tell us about a favorite teacher you had.

My 8th grade science teacher. She was the most genuine and invested teacher I’ve ever met. I didn’t feel like she was teaching me because she had to, she was teaching me because she saw that I had potential.

If you could correct one misconception about Computer Science, what would it be? 

That it’s all about using computers. CS is not about using computers; it’s about learning how to make a computer do something you want it to do. So many more skills are involved than just “point and click”. Kids who have a foundation in computer science will be better humans than if they’d not taken any class.

What does CS for All mean to you?

CS teaches and builds upon skills that every person needs in any career or job in the future. Anyone can do it regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, or ability. If we want to succeed in the world, we need everyone on board moving us forward. Forward motion is happeneing fastest in the world of technology and computer science. We need all hands on deck. And all hands can succeed!

Please tell us about a hobby or interest you have?

I’m a bicycle mechanic part time. I like to build and fix bikes. I especially love when someone brings in a “hopeless case” and with a few adjustments we get it back up and running like new.

What is your favorite holiday and why? 

St. Patrick’s day. The only holiday that doesn’t revolve around the color red. I can eat the special candy (allergic to red food dye)

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I became deaf 6 years ago due to Lyme Disease.

If you could have one superpower, what would it would be and why?

To be able to see a map wherever I am. I am HORRIBLE with any sort of directions when traveling, so it would be awesome to be that person who can say “go North 10 blocks and then go West 6 blocks and it’ll be on your right”. Currently, I often get lost walking my dog…in my apartment complex.

What makes Nextech special? 

It’s a different company that isn’t pitching a product. Nextech believes in the power of kids and adults to change the world, and they’re moving quickly to identify where that power can be tapped most efficiently.

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