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Thomas Jefferson High School teacher named to state Computer Science Work Group

Thomas Jefferson High School teacher Denise Hoag, has been named to the state Computer Science Work Group, where she will help make recommendations on computer science instruction. The 27-member group includes teachers, business professionals and officials from the Iowa Department of Education and the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Advisory Council.

Hoag teaches business, computers, coaches robotics and is also a classroom strategist at Thomas Jefferson. In 2018, she won the I.O.W.A. (Innovative in methods, Outstanding in passion for education, Worldly in helping students see STEM everywhere and Academically engaging students in and out of the classroom) STEM Teacher Award. In 2016, she won the Council Bluffs Community School District's Teacher of the Year award and the Nebraska Air Force Association of Aksarben chapter area and state Teach of the Year that same year.

Denise previously served on the state advisory council for computer science education standards, and also was a member of the Governor's Teachers Cabinet.