Alabama is leading the nation in bringing computer science courses to the classroom. In fact, teachers are going back to school to learn how to instruct students in computer science. This is the third year for computer science training for teachers at the University of Alabama campus. 22 new schools are part of the training. These teachers know computer science is a fast growing industry, especially in Alabama.
Nidia Fernandez-Lee teaches at Shades Valley High School in Jefferson County. This will be her first year teaching computer science. “I have no previous computer programming background,” she says. “This year, I am teaching a class that Alabama is offering called CS principles or computer science principles, which will soon become an (advanced placement) class.”