UTeach Computer Science started as an outreach effort of the UTeach Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. The UTeach Institute is an innovative, university-based teacher preparation program working to increase the number of qualified science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers in U.S. secondary schools. The program combines rigorous STEM degrees with secondary teaching certification without adding time or cost to four-year degrees.
Meet the UTeach CS Team
Yvonne Loya, Manager for K-12 Partnerships and Development
Yvonne Loya is the Manager for K-12 Partnerships and Development for UTeach Computer Science. She leads marketing and recruitment efforts and professional development opportunities for computer science instructors, oversees the computer science curriculum development process and conducts ongoing program evaluation.
Yvonne has been working in higher education for two decades, focusing on access, equity, and diversity issues in post-secondary education. She came to UTeach from UT Austin’s OnRamps program and previously led community and external relations in UT's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Yvonne's proven success in relationship development and partnership cultivation, particularly with underrepresented communities, allows her to foster environments of cultural competency. She is skilled in developing relationships with community-based organizations, mentoring and coaching teams toward continuous improvement, and transforming strategic plans into workable solutions.
In addition to her university role, Yvonne is fiercely dedicated to enriching her native El Paso community and co-founded the El Paso in Austin Network. This nonprofit organization provides college scholarships to high school graduates from the El Paso area who pursue higher education in Central Texas. She is the first in her family to attend college and earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from UT Austin.
During her free time, Yvonne enjoys being outdoors, reading, traveling, and exploring her hometown of Austin with her husband and two daughters.
Leslie Brommer, Curriculum Developer
Leslie is the Curriculum Developer for UTeach CS, which involves updating existing curricula materials and developing materials for new courses, teacher support, and hosting professional development opportunities for educators. Leslie came to UTeach CS after teaching computer science to high school students for the past 10 years. Before teaching, she was a stay-at-home mom and a software developer. Leslie is thrilled to help broaden participation in computer science in high school classrooms across the country, as well as train and support teachers to teach CS.
Leslie received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Memphis and her Masters of Arts in Education from Union University. In Spring 2019, Leslie was awarded the NCWIT Regional Affiliate Educator of the Year for promoting women in STEM in the classroom.
Some of Leslie’s favorite activities are cuddling with her three dogs, watching sunsets over the water, shelling, and spending time with her family.
Marie Girardot, Recruitment and Partnership Specialist
Marie Girardot is the Recruitment and Partnership Specialist for UTeach Computer Science. She leads recruitment initiatives, supports communications and marketing efforts, and provides individual guidance to educators seeking high-quality computer science curriculum, professional development, and ongoing support.
Marie previously worked for the Engineer Your World program developed by UTeach Engineering, which provides high school engineering courses and professional development to educators nationwide. She led outreach efforts for the program, managed their social media platforms, and acted as the Salesforce Administrator for the team.
Marie earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, while also minoring in Education, Schooling, and Society and participating in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. In her spare time, Marie enjoys swing dancing, live music, and Notre Dame football.
Jason Slabodsky, Teacher Support Specialist
Jason is the Teacher Support Specialist for UTeach Computer Science. He designs and facilitates teacher professional development workshops and provides year-round support for computer science teachers using the UTeach CS curriculum.
Jason has 15 years of teaching experience, including 8 years with the New York City Department of Education. In addition to teaching AP Computer Science Principles, he has taught integrated CS lessons for math classes and classes for students with special needs. Jason is an expert in student-centered pedagogies, including scaffolding and differentiating instruction.
In 2016, Jason’s AP Computer Science Principles class designed an app to tackle issues of food waste and student hunger in their community. Their app, MOESY, allowed local restaurants in Brooklyn to repurpose leftover food into dinners for students. As a result, Jason’s students were named the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow National Champions, earning a grand prize of $150,000 in technology for their school.
While there are no current openings with our organization, we are always open to connecting with candidates who are excited about our program and think they may be a good fit. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!