President, Paula Caso

Paula has taught at North Olmsted High School on the far west side of the Cleveland metro area for 27 years. Of those, she has taught computer science for 26 years. She is the only CS teacher in her district (although she also teaches math) and she wanted to be able to collaborate with and learn from other CS teachers. So, she joined CSTA as soon as she heard of its existence. Paula has been a member of ACM before that. When a chapter was formed in Ohio, she ran for secretary and served in that position for 6 years followed by 2 years as VP. It was just this February that she assumed the lead role after a mid-year election.
Paula teaches high school AP Computer Science A (Java) and AP Computer Science Principles (using the CISS model in Alice 2.5). She has also been the computer club advisor at NOHS since 1996. She has always been a techie and advocate for CS education and that drives her to reach out to others and continue to improve my own instruction.

John Dutton, Vice-President

John Dutton is a science and Computer Science teacher at CampusInternational High School in Cleveland, a public International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school. He has been teaching in high-need schools for 15 years including two in Mozambique through the Peace Corps. John’s first career was in web design and software development, most recently at Hyland Software. He believes that CS education is critical for all learners because of the development of analytical and marketable skills for college, career and beyond. John hopes that through CSTA he can support CS teachers statewide in achieving all of their professional goals. 

Brian Wetzel, Treasurer

Brian Wetzel is the Computer Technology Teacher at Centerburg High School. He is in his 14 year of teaching with the past six years in STEM-related courses. His teaching methods focus on hands-on learning, self-guided learning, and project-based, authentic assessment. He is an Ultimaker Education Pioneer and was named a SMART Exemplary Educator. During his time at Centerburg, he has expanded the Computer Science offerings, teaching AP Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Web Design, Engineering Design Principles, and Introduction to 3D Printing. He has also offered several courses related to video game design utilizing online curriculum offered by Zulama. 

Jenifer Conard, Secretary

Jenifer is an Information Technology Career Tech Instructor for the Warren County Career Center/Springboro Satellite. She has taught for 8 years. Her focus is mainly on Programming and Software Development, teaching AP Computer Science using Java, C++, SQL, Database Management and Web Design. She also works with Sinclair Community College and the University of Cincinnati to offer college credit for her students through the Miami Valley Tech Prep Consortium and the UC Early IT College program. Her goal is to provide professional development for instructors and provide resources and support for those who choose to learn more about offering CS courses in their district.