Kiki Prottsman

Eugene, OR, US
Field of Work 
Computer Science
Job Title or "Student" 
President / Executive Director
University of Oregon
Master of Science
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Computer science chose me. I've been involved in it since I was a young girl and my taste for it only grew as it became obvious that women are considered a minority in the industry. All throughout my CS education and career, I have been intent on bringing more women into the field. After getting my Master's in CS, I took a position as an undergraduate instructor, while also working as a 6th-12th grade CS teacher at a local charter school. Right now, my passion lies behind my non-profit, Thinkersmith. I'm working with people (mostly grades K-8) to show them that computer science can be a fun and artistic creative outlet. I focus on computational thinking, using it to bring understanding and confidence during an age that is normally considered difficult and confusing.

Outside of work, I am a mother of two energetic and creative boys. I love geocaching, designing geek jewelry and geektastic t-shirts.
Writing/blogging, Computing, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit, Other
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
No Preference
Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students

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