A Kilgore ISD employee recently attended a national conference for computer science teachers and her trip was fully funded by a Google scholarship.

According to a KISD press release, Rachel Hooten, Instructional Technology Coordinator for KISD, attended Computer Science Teachers National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona July 7-10.

The conference was held to give educators and administrators a chance to learn, discuss, present and collaborate on hot topics, ideas, trends and needs for students in computer science, according to the press release.

“Thanks to a scholarship from Google, (Hooten) was able to attend the conference to research more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and computer science opportunities available to be brought back to Kilgore ISD and the students of KISD. Google sponsored workshops on Coding, Algorithms, Applications of English Writing into Coding and Machine Learning just to name a few,” the release read.

At the conference reception, Hooten gave a short speech about the importance of computer science education in her experience as a KISD educator.

“Sharing my experiences with computer science and teaching coding to students was an empowering moment for me,” Hooten said.

“I will never forget the words of a young girl I taught to code, ‘You have opened a door for me. A door that will never, ever, ever close.’ How powerful is that? That is the power of computer science and that is what we can do for our students.”


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