CSTA Idaho was established as your local computer science community. This chapter was built to connect you with other computer science teachers, provide professional development to help you improve your craft, and connect your local voice to the national computer science education community.

CSTA Idaho Chapter Leadership

  • President

  • Penni Aufderheide Keck

  • Penni Aufderheide Keck is a highly experienced teacher and the current president of CSTA-Idaho. She teaches technology, robotics, and humanities at Jerome High School in Jerome, Idaho. With 28 years of teaching experience, Penni has spent most of her career as a music teacher, teaching band, choir, and 4th and 5th music for 26 years. Despite being a music teacher, she always had a passion for technology and integrated it into her classroom whenever possible. Mrs. Aufderheide Keck also taught after-school robotics and Girls Who Code classes. She lives in Twin Falls, Idaho, with her husband Richard and enjoys camping and riding the trails in their Razor.


    Vice President

  • Bridget Smith

    • bsmith@camascountyschools.org

  • Secretary

  • Dr. Kellie Taylor 

  • Dr. Kellie Taylor has been an elementary teacher for 21 years, focusing on STEM, space education, coding, and robotics. She is currently teaching 3rd grade at Hawthorne Elementary in Boise.

  • Treasurer

  • Lucas Hutson

    • lucas.hutson@lakeland272.org

    • Lucas Hutson has been in technology for 15 years. The last 9 have been in Idaho schools as a teacher and technician. Lucas teaches Computer Science and Game Design at Lakeland Middle and High School. 

  • Members at Large

  • CSTA-Idaho opening. Are you interested in joining the team? Email penni.aufderheide@jeromeschools.org if you're interested in a leadership position.


  • We will add more members as we grow our chapter.

  • Region 1

  • Region 2

  • Region 3

  • Region 4

  • Region 5

  • Region 6

About CSTA 

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) understands that teaching computer science is hard. That’s why our dedicated team and teacher-led Board of Directors has focused on creating a strong environment to support K–12 educators. 


We’re proud to have created a community that:

  • Is led by K-12 computer science teachers, and puts teacher needs at the forefront

  • Shares the latest best practices in K-12 computer science education

  • Creates local communities across the US + Canada that make sure every computer science teacher has a home.

  • Builds the largest teacher-led computer science professional development event in the world each year!

  • Provides access to exclusive discounts on courses and tools that will take your teaching practice to the next level. 


You might be the only computer science teacher in your school, district or town, but as a part of CSTA, we’re in this together. 

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