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

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.
Willy Orozco, President
As the South Florida Regional Manager for Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), a Microsoft Philanthropies program, Willy helps build sustainable computer science programs in high schools with a focus on serving students excluded from learning CS because of race, gender and geography. He helps classroom teachers to learn to teach CS on their own by pairing them with industry volunteers and proven curricula. Willy past experience include chairing the Engineering and Computer Science Department at Gulliver Academy in Miami. He earned his undergraduate degree in Earth Science Education from Florida International University and has a Level 2 Google Educator Certification. Willy is also a board member of Tech Hub South Florida, Enabling The Future Community where he 3d prints prosthetic hands for kids, and is a builder for Magic Wheelchair. Willy lives with his wife Yvy, his son Mateo and his daughter Luna Mia.
Mario Eraso, Vice President
Mario is the vice president of STEM education at Zero Limit Learning, Inc., where he leads initiatives to prepare students to succeed in school by placing increased emphasis on building their skills in mathematics, science and technology. Mario has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction-STEM education and a master’s degree in civil engineering. His past experience as university professor, robotics school teacher, steel and concrete design engineer, and program manager at an education and entrepreneurship foundation has served him well to utilize innovative pedagogical methodologies for the development of digital literacies in children, whether they are interested in the sciences or humanities.
Michael Sakowicz, Treasure
Michael is a Computer Science and Lead Cybersecurity educator at Barbara Goleman Senior High School in Miami Lakes, Florida (Miami-Dade County Public Schools). After twenty-one years in the private sector of Graphic Arts & IT, Michael made the transition to education to follow a family of career educators. Michael was named Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2019 at Felix Varela Senior High and has since earned a Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Miami.
Catheline Ahmed, Secretary
Cathy has a passion for Computer Science and Technology education. She teaches Middle school and HS students Computer Science and Robotics and Engineering at iPrep Academy. She is also an award winning grant writer, a dedicated community advocate, and  passionate volunteer. One of her most proud accomplishments was working for NASA as a Research Assistant for the Space Shuttle Flight program.
Grace Torres, Director of Community Engagement
Grace is the programs director at Code/Art, a nonprofit in Miami, FL, that strives to increase the number of girls—particularly girls from underrepresented minorities—who study computer science, by delighting and inspiring them with the creative possibilities of computer programming. In addition to hosting weekly coding clubs for girls in grades 3–8, Code/Art provides training, curriculum, and classroom support to empower teachers to introduce computer science skills to their students through Creative Coding lessons, as well as Creative Coding clubs and electives. 
 
Grace has worked within the nonprofit and arts education fields for over fifteen years, where she has engaged and empowered various communities to think outside of the box and enjoy art for art's sake. As a first-generation American, former magnet art kid, and art history major, Grace has always strived to find ways to introduce youth to new ideas and opportunities, as well as allow them to experience their creative side. You can follow Grace on Instagram: @museumparty.  
Dean Morell, 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.
Carlos Vazquez, Chapter Adviso
Former Chapter 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, Chapter Advisor
Former Chapter 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.
Mark Godinez, Chapter Advisor
Former Chapter 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.