By Daniel Head for The Island Connection
A computer science instructor at St. John’s High School was recently named the Computer Science Teacher of the Year by a national non-profit. Project Lead the Way selected Darwin Shorters out of more than 100 teachers from across the country to receive their highest honor given to computer science teachers. He was recognized in front of more than 1,800 attendees during the PLTW national summit on Monday.
Shorters is a PLTW Computer Science Master Teacher and is described as a champion of PLTW who has put his school’s program on the map. He is known for his commitment to his students, his devotion to teaching, and his far-reaching leadership. His passion for and knowledge of computer science has had a sprawling impact – from engaging each student in his PLTW classroom, to empowering fellow teachers across his state through his role as a Master Teacher.
“United by the desire to help people learn, achieve, and get the best possible start in life, Mr. Shorters plays a crucial role at St. John’s High School and not one day should go by without acknowledging his selfless work,” said Andre Dukes, St. John’s High School Principal. “We are extremely proud of Mr. Shorters and his commitment to PLTW and St. John’s High.”
PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram and Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer Dr. Anne Jones presented the award to Shorters.
“We are grateful to our teachers for their commitment to inspiring students,” said Anne Jones, Chief Program Officer and Senior Vice President for Programs for PLTW. “The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and are inspiring the next generation of innovators.”