Christy Charters Portrait

Maria Cristina Charters

Instructor

Biography

As an instructor for SCIS,  Ms. Charters enjoys teaching the courses that start students off in their IT or CS major: COP 1000, COP 2250, COP 3804, and COP 3337. She is passionate about spreading Computer Science education to all children, starting in kindergarten, through elementary, middle, and high school. She also believes that all students at FIU should get a chance to learn how Computer Science impacts their lives, and to dabble in a little bit of coding in languages such as Python and tools like MIT App Inventor. That is why she helped develop a new online course, IDC 1000 – Computer Science for Everyone, which is designed for students who are non-CS and non-IT majors. She would like all students at FIU to consider taking IDC 1000.

Prior to teaching at FIU, Ms. Charters had 2 other careers.  Most recently, she was an educator and teacher-trainer within the Miami-Dade County Public School District.   Her first career was as a Computer Programmer/Analyst for FPL, where she developed mainframe and client/server systems. She is an FIU alumni, and feels blessed to be able to work in SCIS as an Instructor, after having graduated from FIU with a degree in Computer Science many years ago.

Honors and Awards

SCIS Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015


Research and Educational Interests

Computer Science Education in K-12

Background Education

2000 M.S., Computer Science, Nova Southeastern University
1982 B.S., Computer Science, Florida International University

Professional Activities

Community Outreach, coordinating the pairing of FIU SCIS students with elementary schools near FIU, to conduct weekly afterschool lessons in CS, using the Code.org K-5 curriculum.

Professional Experience

Instructor at FIU, 2011-2014 (Adjunct); 2014-Present (Full-time)