Hello and welcome! I am Colin Schatz, one of two full-time Computer Science instructors here at Las Positas College. I am originally from Seattle, and I joined the LPC community in the fall of 2008. I have enjoyed being part of the evolution of the Computer Science program over the past 7 years.
My pre-LPC life included several years at Stanford University, where I completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education. My research interests are interwoven with my work here, and my dissertation study explored the relationship between identity development and conceptual development, focusing on novice programming language learners and educational robotics. During that time, I also spent a great deal of time in Stanford's Computer Science department, where I earned a Masters degree and worked on the teaching staff in several courses.
Further back into my pre-LPC past, before beginning graduate school I wandered through various professional and educational experiences, including a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan and various programming, web design, and research gigs — among them, at the University of Washington, Smartbrief.com, and the Lawrence Hall of Science. I also worked for three years as a high school teacher in Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science, and coached a student robotics team near Washington, D.C.
When not working, I divide most of my waking hours between hanging out with my 7- and 4-year-old daughters, working on personal coding and video gaming efforts, playing board games, and singing in the Oakland Symphony Chorus.
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