Vincent (Vinny) Chiaramonte reached Phi Kappa Phi status earning a 4.0 GPA while pursuing his master's degree in secondary education. These days, he's inspiring middle school computer science students at R.F. Bumpus Middle School, while making them feel valued and welcomed, especially when he gives his popular "You have a purpose" speech. He takes a genuine interest in students as individuals, making it a point to call them by name and learn their individual interests. Via Skype, one class even met the CEO of Tumblr, who explained how he built a successful tech company. Chiaramonte teaches his students that barriers are opportunities for growth. Chiaramonte joined the faculty of R.F. Bumpus Middle School in 2014. The role enables him to help students master foundational computer science skills through computational thinking, problem solving, and programming. Chiaramonte believes all students should become what he calls "solution-makers": young minds that use critical-thinking skills to solve problems encountered in everyday life. As such, Chiaramonte provides a stimulating and challenging classroom environment using a "living" curriculum that weaves in new technologies and out-of-the-box big ideas, including a Robots on the Move project and using math software to teach iteration found cornrow braiding. Reinventing his own computer science courses, lessons are built around guided and independent practice, student-led instruction, critical thinking, and real-life applications with a writing component accompanying all final projects. Students log in, go to his website, to see the plan for the day, complete the Do Now Interactive Log and ready themselves for a rigorous class requiring problem-solving and collaboration. Chiaramonte's students gain an appreciation for computer science and discover that anyone can learn computer science. In addition to his roles as classroom teacher and football coach, Chiaramonte is a district Engaged Learning Initiative facilitator working with teachers throughout the district to promote its 1:1 environment, a program to provide access to each child with a tech device (e.g. Chromebook). His leadership position on the school improvement team resulted in The Bumpus Way, a new positive culture initiative at the school. Chiaramonte has presented for Hoover City Schools' Learn, Teach and Inspire Conference, the Alabama Educational Technology Conference, Alabama Association for Career Technical Education Conference and the At-Risk Youth National Forum. He was chosen to be the first statewide facilitator for the newly developed code.org middle school curriculum Computer Science Discoveries, that roll has grown as Vinny is facilitating teachers across the nation. A blog contributor to www.csforallteachers.org, Chiaramonte also shares his knowledge and love for technology with the community at large. He was named a PBS Digital Innovator All-Star in 2018. He is the volunteer designer and lead teacher for the TechBirmingham Kids Code Club and Kids-Code-Camp, and graduated from Space Camp for Educators. Vinny serves on the Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study team who wrote and is now rolling out implementation plans for the first Alabama Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards. Additionally, he serves on the Governor's Advisory Council for Computer Science Education and Senator Del Marsh's Comprehensive Education Plan Committee. Prior to public education, Chiaramonte worked in the private sector as an investments coordinator for a project management firm. He also taught in private schools, worked as a youth minister, and completed his student teaching in Shelby County Schools before joining Hoover City Schools. A native of Georgia, Chiaramonte earned his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Toccoa Falls College in 2002, and his Master of Secondary Education in social science from the University of Montevallo, where he graduated with honors in 2011.
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