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Elizabeth Shaw
Associate Professor
Computer & Information Systems
Aptos

After a rewarding and yet extremely demanding career in the IT industry, I looked around and felt I was missing an authentic connection to my community. So I took a leap of faith and decided to make a mid-life carer change to education! Having earned my BS in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, I went back to school in 2012 to earn my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from CSUMB, and in 2014 to earn my Master of Arts in Teaching from Cal State Fresno.

I started out teaching high school to marginalized and underserved youth in Santa Cruz county through the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. After 11 years teaching high school, I was able to connect my love for education and passion for Computer Science when I began teaching Cabrillo-articulated CIS-71 IT Essentials as a magnet CTE program at Cabrillo Watsonville and in Santa Cruz county. Through many partnerships with Cabrillo faculty and departments, I expanded my outreach to community college. I am currently an Associate Faculty member teaching CIS-75 at Cabrillo Aptos, and teach CIS-71 to high school students through the CTE partnership with Cabrillo and Santa Cruz County Office of Education.

I'm also a Coordinator for the Bay Area Cyber League/Pacific Hackers Association, and the Computer Science Pathway Coordinator for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. I'm dedicated to bringing computer science access and equity to all students, particularly marginalized populations. I serve on the Board of Directors for Community Television of Santa Cruz, and teach Digital Animation classes to 6-12 graders through the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. I'm a California native living my best life in Santa Cruz, enjoy spending time with family and friends, and taking long walks on the beach with my dog Oliver.

It's never too soon, and never too late, to have a life and a career you love!