Sky Adams, a Gevirtz Graduate School of Education alumna, was named the first woman director of the Computer Science Academy at Santa Barbara High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University in 2014, and received her master’s degree in education and single subject teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara's Teacher Education Program in 2016. During her time at the Gevirtz School, she was named a STEM Teachers for English Language Learners: Excellence and Retention (STELLER) Noyce Scholar for the 2015-16 year.
The Computer Science Academy at Santa Barbara High School was created in 2012 by former principal John Becchio. It has since been expanded to include multiple other Santa Barbara High School teachers who organized outreach to young women and underrepresented students. Aspects of the program include field trips to Santa Barbara tech companies and Silicon Valley, an AP Computer Science class, and an innovative curriculum taught by Paul Muhl, a senior analyst at Toyon Research.
As the director of the program, Adams aims to increase the range of classes offered in the academy. She also will strive to increase diversity and support in the program for underrepresented students, and expand involvement and opportunity for extracurricular activities in preparation for a career in the field.