Catherine Tabor, computer science teacher at Canutillo Independent School District’s Northwest Early College High School is known for being at the forefront of providing access and opportunity for her students to develop solid skills in computer science.
Her prowess in the computer science field coupled with her passion for teaching did not go unnoticed by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and Infosys Foundation USA who have selected her as a 2022 winner of the CSTA/Infosys Foundation USA Awards for Teaching Excellence.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by my peers for my work in making computer science accessible and equitable,” Tabor said. “Computer science is for all students and I believe that a small part of the ongoing success of our students is due to the problem solving and critical thinking skills that computer science provides, regardless of their future career paths.”
Tabor was selected for her ability to demonstrate excellent work inspiring students to explore the computer science field; effectively engaging students in learning rigorous, standards-aligned, computer science content; and a focus on broadening the participation of underrepresented students in computing.
As part of the award, Tabor will receive a cash prize of $7,500, a scholarship to the 2022 CSTA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, and have a featured article that shares her work published on CSTA’s The Voice, an interview in the CSTA+ newsletter, which will also run on The Voice, and/or will be featured in a video at the CSTA Annual Conference.
“We are very proud of Ms. Tabor and privileged to have her as a teacher at NWECHS to share her wealth of experience and knowledge with our students to inspire them to pursue careers in computer science when they may have otherwise not had the exposure to what this field has to offer,” said NWECHS Principal Jesica Arellano. “Our students have been and continue to be very successful in grasping computer science concepts and skills and are thriving under the guidance and teaching of Ms. Tabor.”