Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Van Vleet
Phone: 352.291.4000 x 59799
Degrees and Certifications:
BA: The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!)
Teaching Credentials: College of Central Florida
M.Ed.: American College of Education (Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Digital Learning and Teaching)
Industry Certifications: MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint v.2016; Photoshop CC 2016; Illustrator CC 2016, Animate CC 2015
State of Florida teaching certifications: Elementary K-6; Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum; Business Education; Computer Science
I am a proponent of closing the gender and ethnicity gaps in the computer science industry. To that end:
- I started a chapter of Hack Club to interest students in coding and computer science.
- I formed a chapter of the Girls Who Code club. Girls who want to learn to code, or those who want to go further with their coding, are welcome to join.
- I invite students grades 10 and higher to sign up for my AP Computer Science Principles class, a course designed specifically to foster computer science interest in girls, Blacks, Hispanics, and other underrepresented minorities in the computing industry. See data here.
- I recruited a team to attend Lockheed Martin's Code Quest competition. I would like at least 4 more students to round out teams already in progress. See me if interested.
- I presented at the Florida Career and Technical Education (FACTE) state conference in Orlando last summer, explaining how to use game-making to teach kids how to code. We need Florida schools to increase coding interest in their female and minority groups.
- I currently teach an online test prep course for teachers who want to add Computer Science to their Florida teaching certificate.
- Here is an article that might interest you: Connecting Girls to Computer Science. You can find information about helping young women gain confidence in coding, robotics, gaming, etc.
- Check out this infographic about women who have impacted computer science and the gender gap.
- Maryville University has a page about women and other underrepresented minorities in the computer science industry.
- Syracuse University STEM blog
I have been teaching technology courses for 25 years and never tire of the technological advances developed every day. My first year teaching computer technology was 1995, using Apple 2e machines with black screens and green ASCII images. Students played Oregon Trail, Math Blaster, and other titles that came on 5 1/4 inch floppy disks. Now, in 2020, I have students creating games and apps in Gaming and AP Computer Science courses - and distance learning!
Several years ago West Port offered the College Board's brand new AP Computer Science Principles course. Now we offer a second AP Computer Science course: AP Computer Science A. I love West Port for allowing our students to advance as far as possible with computer science - the career of the present AND future.
I am married with three grown children, am a new grandma, and the proud owner of Trooper, a Golden Retriever puppy. I also have a Golden Retriever "grandpup" named Cody. My kids graduated from the University of Central Florida, the United States Air Force Academy, University of Florida, Regent Law School (JD), and Auburn University at Montgomery (MBA). Their career choices include lawyer, IT project manager in the defense industry, and neonatal intensive care nurse.
I enjoy swimming, kayaking, reading, traveling, and attending UF sporting events. Some of my favorite places: Utah's Arches and Canyonland National Parks and Rocky Mountain National Park.
I look forward to getting to know each of my students.