Joan Mruk, Upper School computer science teacher, is the New Jersey Honorable Mention recipient in the 2017 National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Educator Award. The award publicly celebrates educators who encourage high school women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits. Educator Award recipients form a national community of peers, share practices and empower other educators to encourage the participation of women in computing.
For the past two decades, Mruk has brought her knowledge of computers and technology to independent schools both as a classroom teacher and technology administrator. At Gill, she teaches introduction to programming, web design, and AP Computer Science. She also launched and oversees the Girls Who Code Club. A member of the NJAIS Technology Steering Committee, during the summer, she presented "Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum" at the NJAIS Innovation Symposium. She also presented two workshops outside of NJAIS: one for high school students to establish computer science clubs in their towns (in collaboration with Rutgers University and NJ 4-H) and one for middle school teachers interested in starting computer science clubs at their schools. In addition, she attended several summer conferences, including the Computer Science Teachers of America (CSTA) workshop, the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference and workshops at Rutgers University in AP Computer Science and makerspace use.
Earlier this winter, Mruk’s student Emma Koslow '19 earned an Honorable Mention in the national student competition (see full story) and was subsequently chosen as a New Jersey Winner. Mruk and Koslow will both attend the awards ceremony at Kean University in April.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.