The Rhode Island Computer Science Education Award is made possible through the joint efforts of Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) at the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Computer Science Teachers Association, Rhode Island Affiliate (CSTA-RI).

2020 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Award - Doug Rademacher

Doug Rademacher, lead computer science and information technology teacher at the Met School in Providence, Rhode Island has been named the recipient of the 2020 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Award.  The award recognizes an educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to computer science education in their schools, districts, and communities.  Doug was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in Rhode Island who have at least 3 years of experience teaching and 1 year of computer science teaching.


Doug has been with the Met School in Providence since 2010. Prior to joining the Met, he worked in the IT industry, his last position being VP/CIO at Rhode Island-based APC. Over the past two years, Doug has developed the Met’s CS/IT program and established student internships at several local businesses and organizations. He worked with CS4RI this year to pilot a U.S. Department of Education funded work-based learning course which will be implemented in 10 schools next year. Doug is also a board member of Junior Achievement RI.


As the recipient of the award, Doug will be working with CSTA-RI and CS4RI to share innovative practices and pedagogy in computer science.

  

2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Award - Bryan Lucas

Bryan Lucas, computer science/literacy teacher at Chariho Middle School has been named the recipient of the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Award.  The award recognizes an educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to computer science education in their schools, districts, and communities.  Mr. Lucas was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in Rhode Island who have at least 3 years of experience teaching and 1 year of computer science teaching.

Mr. Lucas has been with the Chariho Regional School District since 2006 after a long and distinguished career with the United States Navy.  His local and state involvement include working with the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity for middle school professional development and collaborating with University of Rhode Island faculty, the Rhode Island Department of Education  and state offices to develop computer science curriculum for all Rhode island schools under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.  He also served on the advisory committee that developed the Rhode Island K-12 Computer Science Education Standards.

As the recipient of the award, Mr. Lucas will be working with CS4RI and CSTA-RI to share innovative practices and pedagogy in computer science.