IASD teacher named a 2022 Computer Science for All Pennsylvania Exemplary Educator Award finalist

Elizabeth Woods, the Indiana Area School District’s K-12 Gifted Support Coordinator, has been selected as a finalist for the 2022 Computer Science for All Pennsylvania (CSforAllPA) Exemplary Educator Award. This special recognition is given to three outstanding K-12 computer science (CS) educators for their efforts to expand CS learning for all. 

“We are pleased to recognize Elizabeth Woods for her important contributions to expanding CS learning for all students,” said Sara Frey, State Lead of the CSinPA Initiative at PaTTAN. “Elizabeth has been selected as a finalist for her dedication to expanding CS for ALL students, not just students on her caseload.” 

Woods received her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In her current role as a K-12 Gifted Support Coordinator, Woods provided CS instruction to students who receive enrichment in Science Technology and Engineering Education as part of gifted individualized education plan (GIEP) services. She has made it a mission to engage all learners in CS and  supports the implementation of CS instruction Pre K-5 using programs like Code.org CS Fundamentals, Scratch, Tynker, and Khan Academy. Woods presented at the 2021 CSforAllPA Summit. She has gone above and beyond her “expected” role. 

The award will be presented at the 2022 CSforAllPA Summit hosted by the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) in Harrisburg, June 22 -23, 2022. The winner of the award will be presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau Director of Special Educator at the CSforAllPA Exemplary Finalist Panel.