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Wentzville School District teacher recognized for leadership in engaging young students in computer coding

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Heritage Primary Computer Teacher Amy Robb, who also serves as the Wentzville School District K-8 Lead Computer Teacher, was presented with a proclamation on November 27th at the St. Charles County Council meeting for being “a role model for helping prepare the workforce of tomorrow.” Robb was accompanied by Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain and Heritage Primary Principal Geri Buss when she was presented with the proclamation from County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Director of Workforce Development Scott Drachnik. Robb was recognized in honor of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code, which encourages students to learn more about computer science and aims to demystify coding.

Robb has been with the WSD since 2006 where she was a second grade teacher before serving as a building technology assistant and then a computer teacher beginning in 2010. She begins introducing coding to her youngest learners in kindergarten and each year her students participate in Hour of Code activities. “I am honored to be nominated for this proclamation,” said Robb. “There are many teachers in Wentzville who have implemented coding over the last several years and I am proud to be able to work with them. Allowing students to code at a young age will help them conquer the fear of trying something new and enable them to persevere in solving problems. These are 21st century skills employers are looking for.”

The Wentzville School District has been emphasizing the importance of STEM (science, technology engineering and math) for over a decade by offering Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes for students, which involves hands-on, rigorous coursework in engineering, biomedical and computer science. The District had the honor of hosting the PLTW state conference in 2015 and 2016 at Timberland High School. Through grants from MasterCard, the WSD offers Girls Who Code clubs at the middle schools and a Telementor program at District high schools. The District also started offering seniors the opportunity to engage in real-world learning experiences at SSM and BJC hospitals as part of the WSD’s Ignite program. “Amy is an exemplary teacher and exactly who we want encouraging our youngest students to experiment with coding,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “She is also a tremendous resource for her colleagues across the District who are looking to spark that STEM interest in our students as early as possible.” Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University and a Masters in School Administration from Lindenwood University.