My name is Kayla Burkel. I teach computer science at Thornton Middle School for all grade levels. I will be going into my 5th year of teaching. 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 am currently working on my master’s degree at Grand Canyon University in instructional technology and will be graduating this February. 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 love working with kids and exploring the possibilities technology offers us. We are lucky to have access to three 3D printers, a Cue robot, an R2D2, five iPads, a class set of Sphero Bolts, six Sphero Mini’s, and a class set of Micro Bits at our school.
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.