Officers

President, Paula Caso

Paula has taught at North Olmsted High School on the far west side of the Cleveland metro area for 30 years. Of those, she has taught computer science for 29 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. Then, 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. 

Carla Neely, Secretary

Carla Neely is a science teacher at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s (CMSD) Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy. She was named the Teacher of the Year for State Board of Education District 11. 

Carla, who teaches fifth and sixth grade, works to provide opportunities for African American girls in elementary and middle school, and has spoken at events that give girls of color increased exposure to computer science. Additionally, she is a Code.org facilitator for the Computer Science Discoveries program. She trains and speaks at events geared toward helping teachers integrate computer science into their instruction and best practices for teaching science to African-American girls. She is one of the winners of the 2021 National Science Teaching Association and Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award.

— description from the Cleveland Observer 9/18/2021

Carla joins CSTA-Ohio as secretary taking up the position where Jenifer Conard left off.