Computer Science ( AP & IB ) , Rm. 416
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Fellow Students,
Welcome! Most importantly, I hope your family is safe and healthy. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we have been adjusting, like you, to the drastic changes in life recently.
I am a Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teacher serving in Westwood High School’s Computer Science department. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your teenager’s successful year. I love learning from, and helping lead, high school students. Previous to teaching, I earned my first Bachelor’s degree in Business Computer Information Systems and then a second Bachelor’s in Computer Science. For several years I worked with local & global fast-growing companies, leading the efforts to improve various technology and business processes. Then immediately after earning my Master’s in Secondary Education I began teaching in Mesa Public Schools. Now, I am honored to work with you and your student so they may graduate ready for college, career, and community.
This course is engaging, accessible, inspiring, and rigorous. At Westwood, computer science students will learn programming languages such as Java and Python to develop applications designed to advance their computational thinking skills. Students will expand their ability to: think procedurally, logically, concurrently, abstractly, recursively and think ahead; utilize an experimental and inquiry-based approach to problem-solving; develop algorithms and express them clearly. For the course syllabus and other class information, please visit course description links at WestwoodAZ.org and detailed course activities at mpsaz.instructure.com in our Canvas Learning Management System.
Our classroom expectations and responsibilities, for myself and students, can be summarized by three simple goals: (1) Show Respect, (2) Activity Participate, and (3) Always do Quality Work. More detailed information and examples may be reviewed in our interdependent documents of Warrior P.R.I.D.E. and the Learner Profile.
I look forward to hearing from you, so please contact me anytime you wish.
The best way to reach me is through email and the best time to reach me is during office hours of 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. If you prefer, you’re welcome to call me at 480-472-4581.
Students taking CTE classes are 79% Less likely to drop out, are more engaged in school, & attend more regularly. Gupta, S. (2013, April). On the Rise. Retrieved from: http://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/
You may also check out the following video highlighting CTE Pathways in Computers, Business, and Technology
- Theory of Knowledge & Computer Science
- CB 30 Exploring Computer Coding & App Development
- CB 36 Coding, App and Web Stack Development
- CB 37 Introduction to Apple iOS App Development
- CB 39 AP Computer Science Principles
- CB 40 AP Computer Science A (Java)
- CB 50/51 Computer Maintenance & Repair
- CB 70 IB Computer Science
- CT 61 Computer Technology Internship
- Expectations and Responsibilities
- MICROSOFT CERTIFICATIONS
- Tardy Policy
Mr. Jorge Vega
2019 : Paid Tech Troops Summer Internship
- Technical Experience is NOT required.
- However, you do need to have Good Work Ethics
- You must be At Least 16 years of Age during the Summer
- You must have a C or better in all your classes