SBS Science Teacher and Student Receive NCWIT Awards

Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) is very proud to announce that SBS Science Teacher Andrea Tehan Carnes and senior Olly ’21 have received National Awards for Aspirations in Computing (AiC). The awards, powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognize both educators and high school students for their outstanding aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, and tenacity in the face of barriers to access.

Andrea Tehan Carnes was one of 500 Educator Award Honorable Mention recipients this year, and one of only 10 selected from the state of Massachusetts. She has been teaching at SBS for the past decade and became a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Coordinator approximately seven years ago. “The Computer Science (CS) program at SBS exists because of my students’ interest. I was able to convey to them that you don’t have to be a computer scientist when you grow up. Understanding CS skills will benefit you in all fields,” said Andrea.

Olly ’21, a six-year senior at SBS, has received NCWIT awards for the past three consecutive years under Andrea’s tutelage. This year, she was one of 720 students in the U.S. to receive a 2021 Honorable Mention. Olly, the Student Council President at SBS, is also a fellow for The Kapor Center. She is currently working to ensure that the field of Computer Science embraces culturally responsive teaching, something that Andrea has been emphasizing in her courses as well.

“We’re learning about the extra barriers that women, specifically women of color, have to break in this field, and we’re figuring out how our apps can help create a better society,” added Andrea, who is currently teaching a JavaScript and Justice course at SBS that ties in algorithmic justice with coding. On Thursday, March 11, Andrea also co-taught a Zoom webinar called “How to be an Antiracist CS Educator.” To learn more, visit the Computer Science Teachers Association – Western Massachusetts website at westernmass.csteachers.org.