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 7 year old twin boys and 9 year old daughter. She loves to travel all over the world, but is happiest on the beach or snorkeling in a warm ocean. 

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 FutureForward at Bollman in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, where she teaches AP Computer Science A, Cybersecurity, Networking and Senior Projects. Bobbie is the Past President of the Colorado Chapter of CSTA and is on the Steering Committee for the Rocky Mountain Consortium for Cybersecurity Education. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in both elementary and secondary levels. Bobbie was a member of the Colorado Computer Science Standards Committee and the National K-12 Cybersecurity Standards Committee. She is passionate about Computer Science and is a facilitator for AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A workshops.

Christine Liebe

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Christine Liebe, Ph.D. is a Research Associate and Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science department at Colorado School of Mines. She focused her doctoral work specifically on Computer Science education and serves and an educational researcher and evaluator, coordinator of an introductory Python lab, instructor of CS pre-service education courses and manager of several K-12 outreach programs. Liebe is a licensed K-12 teacher in Colorado.