Professional Development for Teachers: Python

Why Me?

I am the founder and creator of the computer science program at NCSSM, North Carolina's specialized magnet high school for grades 11 and 12. I introduced Python to NCSSM in 2004 and it has become a key component of the school's curriculum.

I was a faculty member at the Bergen Academies when its only school was the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology. This collection of schools grew from that time to be a collection of several specialized schools that shared curriculum and resources. I played a significant role in the development of its math and computer science programs.

I retired from NCSSM after 22 years of service in August of 2022.

I have designed and taught courses in Python, Java, C, and web development, and have taught students at all levels from beginner to advanced. All of these courses are based on freely available software that runs on Windoze, Mac, and Linux.

What's Pyhon?

Python is a programming language invented by Guido Von Rossum and which is named after Monty Python (not a snake). Python has a huge array of libraries that can help you do accomplish just about any computational task.

Python is a great language for beginners for a variety of reasons

For these reasons, I introduced it to NCSSM in 2004. It is now ubiquitous in the NCSSM curriculum. It is heavily used by the science and math departments, as well as computer science and engineering.

Learning Modules

03-Oct-2023 These are currently under construction.

Python Cram School 101-102

These two workshops are for people who are already decent programmers in another language such as JS, Java, Ruby, or C/C++. The goal here is to give such a person full Turing-complete powers in Python.

The first part covers Python's scalar types, Python memory managment, functions, conditional logic, and Python's documentation. Particular attention will be paid to matters of scope and to the call stack and how it controls the execution of Python programs. We will apply this knowledge to iteration via recursion.