Our Team

Our team is comprised of passionate, experienced educators who believe in the importance of providing K-12 CS education opportunities for everyone.

Maya Israel

Maya Israel, Ph.D.

Director

Maya Israel, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Educational Technology and Computer Science Education at the University of Florida. She is also the Director of the CSEveryone: The Kenneth C. Griffin CS Education for All Initiative as well as the Creative Technology Research Lab at the UF. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Israel was a special education teacher. Her research focuses on strategies for supporting students with disabilities and other academically diverse learners’ meaningful engagement in computer science education through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She is currently PI or co-PI on several grants including a National Science Foundation project that brings together researchers and educational leaders to address ways to make computer science education more inclusive to students with disabilities. Dr. Israel was a writer on the K-12 Computer Science Education Framework as well as the revisions of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Standards for Computer Science Teachers. Lastly, Dr. Israel works with multiple school districts on systemic and classroom strategies to more equitably include students with disabilities in K-12 computer science education initiatives.

Leela Kumaran

Leela Kumaran

Program Coordinator

Leela is a research coordinator with the School of Teaching and Learning at COE, UF and manages multiple grant awards. Leela’s academic background includes masters and doctoral degrees in Biology and also a masters degree in Educational Administration. Before arriving at UF in 2009, her work experience includes being faculty in Zoology for 15 years at the Madras Christan College, Chennai, India, and then a research coordinator at the COE, University of Hawaii. To date, Leela has managed more than $25 million in grant funding. Her diverse and extensive experience in academia and higher educational administration enables her to meaningfully contribute to all programmatic and roll out aspects of grant roll out and management.

Joanne Barrett

Joanne Barrett, Ed.D.

Director of Teacher Development

Joanne is a former computer science classroom teacher who is working as the Director of Teacher Education for the Kenneth C. Griffin Computer Science Education for All Initiative. She earned her doctorate in 2017 from the University of Florida in Educational Technology. Her research interest is K-12 computer science education.

Carla Strickland

Carla Strickland

Mentoring Program Coordinator

Carla Strickland is the Digital Development Manager at UChicago STEM Education. She is an expert in digitally enhanced STEM curriculum, teaching, and learning. Her work involves working with elementary teachers and administrators to integrate computer science into their existing STEM instruction, with a particular focus on culturally responsive pedagogy and curriculum. Carla brings an Afro-Caribbean perspective and a passion for equitable, high-quality instruction to her work in education.

Johnny Delgado

Johnny Delgado

Content Coordinator

Johnny Delgado is a member of the Griffin CS For All Initiative. His primary focuses are in developing a microcredential to introduce pre-service teachers to computer science (CS) and supporting the development of teacher candidates at PK Yonge. Before his employment at UF, Johnny worked in secondary education promoting project-based cross-disciplinary learning, and teaching AP CS and Virtual Reality Video Game Design/Development.

Michael McKelvey

Michael McKelvey

Accessibility Consultant

Michael is a web developer focusing on IT accessibility for the Kenneth C. Griffin Computer Science Education for All Initiative. He works with other staff to develop accessible materials so that the project’s content and deliverables will be usable by all participants, especially those with disabilities. He earned his B.S. and Ed.M. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a particular interest in outreach and engagement work, especially when it involves helping researchers and educators communicate about math, science, and sustainability through web-based games, curriculum materials, and citizen-science initiatives. He also leads a monthly discussion group related to IT accessibility where everyone involved in the development and maintenance of websites and other digital products can bring their accessibility questions to an open dialog.

Certification Assessment Preparation Team

Albert Ritzhaupt, Ph.D.

Albert Ritzhaupt, Ph.D.

Director of Certification Exam Team

Shaun Hurley, Ed.D.

Shaun Hurley, Ed.D.

CS Assessment Coordinator

Nimala Arunachalam

Nimala Arunachalam

CS Assessment Content Creator

Annmargareth Marousky

Annmargareth Marousky

CS Assessment Content Creator

Vijayshree Sundar

Vijayshree Sundar

CS Assessment Content Creator

Matthew Feiler

Matthew Feiler

CS Assessment Content Creator