Educator Spotlight – Meet Molly Fisher!

15 March, 2024

Educator Spotlight – Meet Molly Fisher!

Molly has taught in the state of Virginia since 2011, teaching a variety of subjects and age groups. Most relevantly, she worked as the Learning Coordinator for Boolean Girl, a non-profit designed to engage young girls in Computer Science, teaching classes, developing curriculum, and training instructors. Currently she works as an Instructional Technology Coordinator for an Arlington Public School. Her favorite part of the job is inspiring young Computer Scientists to combine their creativity with technology to use as a tool for change.

“I agree with Mitch Resnick, the founder of Scratch, students are successful when they are engaged in creative learning, giving them the opportunity to share something meaningful about themselves. As a former Art Teacher, I believe technology is another media in which students can express themselves. I know I have taught a successful Computer Science lesson, when I look around the classroom and students are designing characters, or building code, or asking a classmate ‘how did you do that!'”

“Students have coded stories about being assertive or helpful; last year we built video games about how to be kind.”

“Over the past two years, I have successfully integrated our Social and Emotional School Expectations into our after-school Coding Club projects (sponsored by Boolean Girl). Students have coded stories about being assertive or helpful, last year we built video games about how to be kind. This allows students to define and interpret these concepts in a safe and fun way.”

These photos show my current Coding Club students, working on a Helpful Hero project in Scratch.

– Molly Fisher,
Instructional Technology Coordinator – Elementary
Arlington Public Schools