Marquette computer science teacher Elizabeth Dierker has won an award in the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Teaching Excellence competition.
Dierker is among five teachers nationwide who won honorable mention in the competition. It includes a cash prize and free registration to the CSTA conference, which is being held online this year.
"Initially, I completed an application with three questions related to how I try to inspire students to study computer science," said Dierker. "Based on this initial application, I was invited to supply an artifact - in my case, a lesson plan - that gives an example of my computer science teaching practices."
Dierker said she was also required to provide data to show how she has increased student interest and competency in computer science.
"I have worked really hard to promote our computer science classes at Marquette," said Dierker. "That has led to a significant increase in enrollment, especially among female students."
Marquette Principal Dr. Steve Hankins said, "Marquette is proud to have such an outstanding educator that inspires young men and women to pursue their passion in computer programming."
Dierker said she also encourages students to pursue computer science opportunities outside of school. Those include competing in coding competitions and sharing their knowledge with students in elementary schools.