Holly Laird is a Business, Finance and Information Technology Teacher at Leesville Road High School. She holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Corporate Finance from University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Texas Tech University. California Baptist University recognized her with an "Excellence in Teaching Award" upon completion of a K-12 teaching program. She enjoys weaving multiple subjects into business and finance lessons. Additionally, her love for the humanities keeps her involved in various community activities.
AP Computer Science Principles
AP CS Principles introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, instilling the ideas and practices of computational thinking and inviting students to understand how computing changes the world. The curriculum was developed using “The Beauty and Joy of Computing” from Berkeley University and Snap! drag and drop programming. The rigorous course promotes deep learning of computational content, develops computational thinking skills and engages students in the creative aspects of the field. Rather than teaching a particular programming language or tool, the course focuses on using technology and programming as a means to solve computational problems and create exciting and personally relevant artifacts. To appeal to a broader audience, including those often underrepresented in computing, this course highlights the relevance of computer science by emphasizing the vital impact advances in computing have on people and society. Students have the opportunity to investigate the innovation in other fields that computing has made possible and examine the ethical implication of new computing technologies. Students will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills to solve problems.