CSTA Miami was established in 2019 as your local computer science community. This chapter was built to connect you with other computer science teachers, provide professional development to help you improve your craft, and connect your local voice to the national computer science education community. 

Your CSTA Miami Leadership Team

 
Carlos Vazquez, President
Carlos Vazquez is a Professor at MDC and HS Tech Programs. He worked as a 5th-grade teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows and then s a coach working with first-year educators throughout NYC and California. Vazquez currently serves as the founding president of Miami EdTech, which provides professional development for educators and equips them with the technology and skills to prepare students for jobs of the future. He also serves as the CEO of CDG Innovations.
 
Luis Jara, Co-Vice President
Luis Jara is a Teacher, Technology Innovator, and Robotics Club Advisor at Miami Senior High School. At his alma mater, he teaches a combination of math and computer science courses and serves as the school's Website Manager. Jara graduated from Miami Dade College with his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences.
 
Willy Orozco, Co-Vice President
 
Willy Orozco is the Chair of the Engineering and Computer Science Department at Gulliver Academy in Miami and has taught there for the past five years. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Earth Science Education from Florida International University and earned a Level 2 Google Educator Certification. Orozco is a member of the Enabling The Future Community where he has the privilege to print 3d print prosthetic hands for kids. This helps him with his approach to education, which focuses on problem-solving skills, human interaction and the understanding that all STEAM are interconnected.
 
Mark Godinez, Secretary
Mark Godinez is an AP Computer Science Teacher at South Dade Senior High and teaches the new virtual reality Unity coding class. He is also in charge of the Work Experience Program and the Gradebook Manager. After school, Godinez works as a Tutor for the Title 1 Migrant Education Program. He also hots an outreach program to teach kids in the community about computer science. Godinez was named the 2019 South Florida Affiliate NCWIT Educator of the Year and 2018 South Dade Senior High School Teacher of the Year.
 
Camila Oberst, Treasurer
Camila Oberst is an environmentalist, social entrepreneur, and educator. She began her career in teaching in Argentina and has experienced different approaches to education in many cities around the world. Oberst is currently conducting the thesis for her Master’s degree in Education Entrepreneurship, researching the best practices in teachers’ professional development. Her thesis is also focused on developing an edtech solution, explicitly how technology can ease the gap between what students needs and what teachers are able to assist them with, empowering them to continue their own professional growth, acquiring new skills and optimizing their time.
 
Dean Morrell, Student Engagement
Dean started his path as an educator at Beta Analytic, a radiocarbon dating laboratory in Miami, and the collaborative brainstorming sessions with other colleagues (among them, a physicist, geologist, mathematician, chemist, and glass blower) laid the foundation for his passion to have students work collaboratively, think creatively, and analyze information algorithmically.  Since then, as an independent school educator for over 25 years, Dean has focused on allowing students to construct knowledge and have opportunities to practice skills in real-world scenarios that will better prepare them for the fast-paced, techno-centric world that they're a part of - skills such as effective public speaking; ability to work collaboratively with people of different skills and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds; entrepreneurship; and critical (problem-solving) thinking skills.
Dean is currently a computer science instructor at Gulliver Preparatory School, Pinecrest, FL.
 

About CSTA

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) understands that teaching computer science is hard. That’s why our dedicated team and teacher-led Board of Directors has focused on creating a strong environment to support K–12 educators.
 
We’re proud to have created a community that:
 
  • Is led by K-12 computer science teachers, and puts teacher needs at the forefront
  • Shares the latest best practices in K-12 computer science education
  • Creates local communities across the US + Canada that make sure every computer science teacher has a home.
  • Builds the largest teacher-led computer science professional development event in the world each year!
  • Provides access to exclusive discounts on courses and tools that will take your teaching practice to the next level.
 
You might be the only computer science teacher in your school, district or town, but as a part of CSTA, we’re in this together.