Meet the Teachers
The fall, 2019, teachers are Andrea Mooney, Scott Seibert, Isaac Robinson, and Nick Wethington. THANKS to them for supporting our Coding for Kids program with their expertise.
- Isaac Robinson is a Computer Science major at the University of Montana who hopes to graduate and become a software engineer. Isaac calls himself a math nerd with a passion for algorithms. As a coding enthusiast, he is fluent in using Linux and open source software, command line, and even some bash scripting. Among other projects, he has utilized a Raspberry Pi as a web server for simple websites, as a cryptominer, and to create an LED Email Notifier. Teaching Maker Space is just the beginning of his association with Coding for Kids!
- Danielle Trangmoe is a senior at Stevensville High School. She plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Science in college. Danielle began coding in 7th grade and has continued to improve her technology skills throughout high school. She has previously instructed our Introductory Programming course and she is excited to have the opportunity to share her passion for technology with a new class of eager young minds.
- Nick Shontz left the University of Montana in 2018 to join his startup GeoFli full time, after a decade in higher education web development and management,. There, Nick developed a geo-personalization tool allowing websites to tailor their visitors’ experience based on where they’re visiting from. As a jack-of-all-trades, Nick has presented on Geospatial web development, open source technology, web accessibility and web-content information architecture. Outside of work, Nick spends his time involved with his son’s Boy Scout troop (Nick is an Eagle Scout himself), as well as volunteering with the River Road Neighborhood Leadership Team, and playing softball.
- Annette (Annie) Seaman went to the Academy of Art in San Francisco in the 60s. She has worked in many art related professions, sign design & painting, book illustration, typesetting/pre-press, watercolors, and a little prints & art cards business. Her main profession for the last 25 years has been graphic design. She is a member of the Stevensville Design Committee, providing invaluable help as a graphic artist.
- Scott Edge has been teaching middle school in Missoula for 13 years at CS Porter Middle School where he has taught Project Lead the Way Engineering courses the past 4 years. PLTW offers exciting engineering curriculum for students K-12. In 7th grade, students participate in the Design and Modeling PLTW module, using state of the art design software to create various artifacts throughout a quarter. Eighth graders take on the Automation and Robotics module and design and create machines and robots using the VEX building platform and RobotC programming software. All 8th graders have the option of taking App Creators and Computer Science for Innovators and Makers as well. In these modules, students learn how to create Android apps using MIT’s App Inventor and dive in to physical computing creating and coding Microbitmini computers. He has also coached/mentored First Lego League robotics teams the past 6 years, traveling to Bozeman to compete in the Montana State First Lego League tournament.
- Andrea Mooney has been teaching at Stevensville for 10 years where she currently teaches Middle School Health Enhancement. She also owns a photography business for 9 years where she works with digital editing on a weekly basis. Andrea is currently working on her masters with a focus in Educational Technology.
- Michael Sharkey is a Swiss-certified watchmaker and an enthusiast of all things mechanical. His earliest memory is taking apart the family toaster at age 7! Michael will co-teach with Kaleb Stewart who will teach the programming portion of the drone class.
- Kaleb Stewart is a sophomore at Stevensville High School who loves to program with computers. He has been coding for about 2 years and just recently took an Arduino programming and circuitry class. Kaleb played baseball for the Bitterroot Buccaneers for the last two years. His favorite positions are pitcher and third baseman. From kindergarten to just last year he has been classically educated at home. He loves to swim, skateboard, snowboard, and hang out with friends.
- Scott Seibert has been an elementary teacher since 2004. He has taught almost every grade level from kindergarten to eighth grade. He loves watching students problem solve and the successes that come along the way. He is currently teaching Computer Science at Stevensville Middle School to 6th, 7th and 8th graders and looks forward to working with your child and seeing the awesome things they create!
- Nic Painter is a senior at the University of Montana, majoring in education. He is completing his student teaching at the Stevensville Public Schools Spring, 2019. He is an active digital artist with years of experience in composite editing. Nic owns a local photography company, Northwest Images. He is excited about teaching students his skills.
- Pranav Vora is an entrepreneur who imports shirts from India and sells them online through his business, Hugh & Crye. Pranav lives in Washington DC but visits Montana in the summer. As a social media and e-commerce enthusiast, Pranav is interested in developing entrepreneurial skills in students.
- Sherry Ritter is a wildlife biologist from Stevensville. She loves exploring the outdoors and discovering ways that species survive. This brought her to Biomimicry, which is studying living organisms like animals and plants and learning from them how to make more sustainable human designs. It’s geeking out on nature, with a noble purpose.
- Juanita Moore has been involved in Lego robotics from 2012 to 2016. During that time her students obtained first place in Innovation at the state competition. Washington Middle School started a STEM program in 2013 where she taught: Into to Engineering; Design and Modeling; and Automation and Robotics until she retired from education in 2018. She truly enjoys watching children challenge themselves and succeed.
- Nick Wethington works at UM Spectrum Discovery where he teaches 3D printing and other ‘makerspace’ activities.