See also my CV and my short bio.
Hi, I’m Kevin. Starting Fall 2018, I’ll be pursuing a 5th year MS in EECS at UC Berkeley in the area of computer science eduation, advised by John DeNero and Josh Hug. I also work with the Embodied Design Research Lab in the Educational Psychology department on the practice and theory of programming and debugging. It’s been an incredibly humbling and inspiring experience working alongside everyone these past few years and I’m excited to continue expanding access to computer science education.
I’ll be graduating in Spring 2019 and applying primarily for teaching-track faculty and lecturer jobs.
My goal is to find ways to make course material more personally relevant to students. Teaching at the university level, in my mind, has never been about the teaching: it’s more about finding a compelling a narrative and context for students to engage with the material and then providing students the right pathways and support to make their own learning possible. That, along with building the right connections with my staff to convey this vision, is what I’m most proud of achieving my first time as a lecturer for CS 61A.
During my undergraduate career, I was an undergraduate student instructor (UGSI a.k.a. TA) for 8 semesters. I studied and implemented scalable teaching and learning techniques for CS 61A (CS 1) and CS 61B (CS 2) at UC Berkeley, two of the largest in-person computer science courses in the world. This past summer, I had the incredible honor of joining the family of summer lecturers for CS 61A at UC Berkeley, and I am returning this summer to teach CS 61BL and close the loop, ending where I started.
In Fall 2018, I will be teaching CS 61C as the Head Teaching Assistant for Dan Garcia, as well as expanding access to the course by launching a new elective, small-group mentorship program for students in the course. With the (nearly non-existent) free time I have left, I will be researching and evaluating our methods for teaching at scale, from both a software perspective and a human interaction perspective.
In Spring 2018, I was the president of Computer Science Mentors, a student organization composed of undergraduate students who volunteer their time and energy to teach other undergraduate students. During my time, I helped scale the organization over two-fold, from a group of 100(!) mentors to a family of over 200(!!) mentors, serving over 1500 undergraduate EE and CS students. A particular priority of mines was in building better experiences for mentors by creating more opportunities for interpersonal relationships and branching out in different social or work-related directions.
I was a part of the very first cohort of students in CSM Spring 2015. It inspired me.
I also recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in both Computer Science and Cognitive Science.
I previously worked with Berkeley Diversity to reimagine their web presence and user experience. I have experience working with them for several years iterating on different designs and implementing the frontend and backend components to help tell compelling stories. My boss, Kim Steinbacher, really inspires me!