My name is Kayla Burkel. I teach computer science at Thornton Middle School for all grade levels. This will be going into my 6th year of teaching. I recently graduated with my master's degree in instructional technology from Grand Canyon University. I have a bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration on secondary education and a minor in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. I also work for a non-profit company called MindSpark Learning center as a code.org facilitator. We work with school districts, teachers, technology companies, and other organizations to bring computer science professional development into all classrooms in Colorado. I also work for Build a Robot and we provide after-school programs, online classes, and clubs for students who are interested in computer programing and robotics. I love working with kids and exploring the possibilities technology offers us. We are lucky to have access to three 3D printers, iPads, we have about 12 different robots to explore, a class set of Sphero Bolts, six Sphero Mini’s, and a class set of Micro Bits in our classroom. Our school was accepted into Amazon's future engineer's program which our 6th-7th graders will be piloting. Our 8th graders are focusing on the design process and the creation of apps for good.
Outside of school, I love to read, craft, hike, go to concerts, spend time with my husband and our fur baby. We love traveling to new places and having adventures. I grew up in Colorado but I am originally from Chicago.