Teacher Spotlight: Mya Carr

May 3, 2024 | All News, TeacHER - Professional Development

Let’s celebrate our educators this Teacher Appreciation Week!

Year-round, teachers across the country dedicate their best efforts towards ensuring that students are afforded learning opportunities in safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments. While we share our gratitude and appreciation for their time and commitment throughout the year, Teacher Appreciation Week provides a special opportunity for Code/Art to cast a spotlight on the impactful work that teachers do.

This year, we are excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week from May 6-10, with National Teacher Day on May 7. Join Code/Art in kicking off our week of celebrations honoring the care and commitment of teachers, as we spotlight some of the K-12 educators partnering with us to bring computer science to their students by integrating Code/Art’s creative coding curriculum into their classrooms and after school Code/Art Clubs for Girls.

Today, we’re starting off with a spotlight on educator Mya Carr and hope that you’ll remain engaged throughout the week as we celebrate the achievements of other extraordinary educators in our communities.

Spotlight on Mya Carr

Educator Mya Carr is a STEM Ready success coach with the Urban League of Broward County’s Education and Youth Development programs. At the Urban League, Mya supports the STEM Ready program, which aims to diversify our communities’ future workforce by empowering students who are traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to succeed in college, career, and beyond. This STEM immersion program engages youth in experiential learning activities (including exposure to STEM subject matter experts, connections to mentors, and STEM-related activities and projects), while strengthening academic performance through individual career development plans, applied STEM skills, and visits to STEM facilities.

In her role facilitating STEM Ready, Mya oversees school-based programs at two Florida public schools in Broward County, Silver Lakes Magnet Middle School and Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy. She leverages her educational background in mass communication and media, pursuing her passion at the convergence of art, photography, visual media, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to explore how these tools are reshaping our digital landscape, while instilling confidence in her students to engage in learning that is creative and exploratory.

Code/Art’s connection with Mya grew out of her participation in a new, innovative professional learning series for educators that we were able to develop and offer with generous support from Infosys Foundation USA. As part of the program, Mya completed Code/Art’s Intro to Creative Coding Professional Development (PD) course, which provides teachers with access to the training, curriculum, and post-training support needed to lead our art-based coding lessons in their classrooms and after-school programs. After completing the course in October 2023, Mya was inspired to incorporate the Code/Art lessons into her STEM Ready school day curriculum and even piloted two Code/Art Clubs for Girls this spring! Mya will also be leading a Code/Art program for girls at the Broward County public library on the campus of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) this coming summer.

 

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Through her connection with Code/Art, Mya is able to bring together her interests in traditional art and cutting-edge technology to help her students explore the boundless opportunities that emerge through the fusion of art and technology. Mya joins our corps of over 500 Code/Art-trained K-12 teachers representing more than 400 schools across the country who have brought Code/Art’s curriculum into their classrooms in order to make computer science education more accessible to girls and all students.

Through dedicated educators like Mya, Code/Art is able to increase computer science teaching capacity in our schools and reach even more girls with a fun and creative introduction to computer science through art! Mya’s work is but one example of the bridges we continue to build with educators and local learning communities to expand our reach and impact, and we applaud and celebrate her efforts to make STEM education equitable, accessible, and inclusive.

Please join us in celebrating Mya Carr and her contributions to driving meaningful change and fostering new learning opportunities for her students!

Follow us @codeartorg as we share celebratory posts throughout Teacher Appreciation Week, and remember to share your gratitude with the educators in your lives who inspire their students to be creative, to explore, and to always continue learning.

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