Both Georgia and Tennessee have undergone major transformation where CS education is not just an elective, but a comprehensive K-12 discipline. Our needs have shifted to where we are surrounded by a digital presence that has forced our education system to also evolve. Students need to graduate with all the tools necessary to thrive in society and these tools must include a computer science education. 
 
CS education encompasses ideas such as digital literacy, digital compentency, and computational thinking. This skill set will empower our students to solve many of our societal challenges and participate effectively in this digital age. CSTA offers a place for educators and stakeholders to take active part in promoting, learning about, and expanding CS education in all K-12 programs. 
This CSTA chapter recognizes that a wide variety of stakeholders are necessary to facilitate the task of supporting educators with the training and resources that are needed. CS is one of the fastest growing industries, and computer programmers are needed within every field, including healthcare, engineering, manufacturing, and information technology. Although not every student will enter a STEM and/or STEAM field, all students will benefit from learning computer science concepts and practices. 

President - Evonne Hackett

Evonne currently teaches CS/STEM classes at Lakeview Middle School in Rossville, GA. Last year she was a CS4GA Grant recipient and has worked to expand CS and technology clubs in the Catoosa County School district. Evonne has also worked to organize EdCamp Gig City, is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, facilitator for Girls Who Code, First Lego League coach, and member of Women and Drones. Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers has recognized her as a 2021 Georgia STEM Scholar for outstanding work to engage and improve student learning in STEM disciplines. 

 

Vice President - Curt Hitchens

Curt currently teaches CS at Saddle Ridge Elementary and Middle School in Rock Spring, GA. The Walker County School district was a Computer Sciecne Capacity grant recipient for the 2019-20 school year. 

Secretary - Beth Chappelear

Beth currently teaches STEM and is also the instructional technology coach at Heritage Middle School in Ringgold, GA. She is a member tof the technology team for CCPS and was a TVA STEM classroom grant recipient in 2019. 

Treasurer - Kimberly Elbakidze

Kimberly curretly teaches CS at Red Bank Middle School, a school that is part of the Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, TN. She is one of the co-authors of the Tennessee Digital Readiness Computer Science standards for grades K-8 that were published in 2018. Currently she is helping to create international standards for ethics while serving on the Open Voice Network Developer Community, Designer and Strategist Community, and Education Steering Team. Kimberly is an active member of Voice Lunch (both international and USA) beside being a member of the regional eduCoffeeCHA and EdCamp Gig City.