Planning Committee

Anna Otto

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Anna Otto is passionate about providing students with computer science opportunities and supporting 21st century teaching and learning. As the Computer Science and Online Learning Coordinator for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, she is responsible for overseeing and facilitating the development of a K-12 computer science pathway and supporting digital literacy and computational thinking integration into core content areas. Before joining Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Anna was a 4th and 5th grade teacher, research methods instructor, middle school tech and applied tech teacher, and a tech trainer. Anna lives in Longmont, CO where she spends her non-working hours with her husband, chasing their 4 year old twin boys and 6 year old daughter. She loves to travel all over the world, but is happiest on the beach or snorkeling in a warm ocean. Anna is excited to have the chance to present at numerous conferences this summer, including InnEdCO, CSTA, and ISTE, but is especially thrilled to be working with an amazing team to create Rock CS.

Axel Reitzig

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Axel Reitzig is currently the Robotics and Computer Science Coordinator at the Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley School District, where he teaches robotics classes and facilitates student project teams.  These teams work on client-based projects for organizations like the Denver Zoo and include aquatic robotics, human-robot interaction and robotics leadership.

Axel also coordinates robotics and computer science programming in the St. Vrain Valley Schools, with a focus on supporting the district’s competitive VEX program, facilitating teacher professional development, managing grants and collaborating on curriculum development.  Additionally, he finds and develops partnerships with businesses and universities to build the district’s relationships with external community partners and to ensure that work in the district aligns with these partners’ needs and interests.

In 2017-18, Axel served as the chairperson for the Colorado Department of Education Computer Science Standards committee.  This group was tasked with drafting the first set of high school computer science standards for the state of Colorado. Previously, he was the STEM Coordinator at Alpine Elementary-IB/STEM World School in Longmont, Colorado, and before that the STEM/Technology teacher at Trail Ridge Middle School, also in Longmont. Overall, he has 21 years of teaching experience in K-16.

Bobbie Bastian

Bobbie Bastian is a Computer Science teacher at Bollman Technical Education Center in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, where she teaches Intro to Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and Cybersecurity. Bobbie is the President of the Colorado Chapter of CSTA and is on the Steering Committee for the Rocky Mountain Consortium for Cybersecurity Education. She has over 12 years of teaching experience in both elementary and secondary levels. Bobbie was a member of the Colorado Computer Science Standards Committee. She is passionate about Computer Science and is a facilitator for AP Computer Science Principles workshops.

Karen Hoppis

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Karen is a connected educator with a passion for integrating maker education within the framework of standards mastery. In her role as a learning technology coach for SVVSD she strives to provide teachers with the space, supplies, and coaching they need to integrate more creation and personalization into their curriculum. Karen is on the CS leadership team for SVVSD and lives in Erie, CO with her husband and three children. When not geeking out about effective teaching and technology integration, she can be found knitting with her friends or in a zumba class at the gym. Karen enjoys presenting at local and state conferences and is proud to support RockCS in order to encourage the spread of good ideas.

Molly Gibney

Molly Gibney is the Digital Literacy Teacher and Gifted and Talented Coordinator at Mountain View Elementary School in Adams 12 Five Star Schools. She served as a School Librarian for 12 years and recently completed a 2-year term as President of the Colorado Association of School Libraries. With endorsements in Instructional Technology, Gifted Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership, she is passionate about the work that schools can do to bring technology, robotics, coding, and digital literacy into the hands of all learners. Her educational passions include inquiry-based learning, makerspaces, project based learning, social emotional learning, coding with elementary students, and figuring out ways to increase the engagement of all learners in her building.

Christine Liebe, holds a PhD in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and is a computer science educational researcher with the Colorado School of Mines. Christine is also an adjunct professor of education and transitional education at Colorado Mountain College. Her research interests include K-12 computer science teacher education, abstraction, computational thinking, critical thinking, and the intersection of learning human and computer languages.