Westlake Teacher Wins Big

National and State Recognition for Computer Science Teaching Excellence

Shanti’ Coaston, a teacher at Westlake City Schools, has been recognized on the national and state level for her remarkable success in teaching computer science, from the introductory to AP levels. She is a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics 2023 (PAEMST) and is nominated for the 2024 Ohio Teacher of the Year.

As a teacher with more than 11 years of experience, Ms. Coaston is an inspiration to Westlake students who are passionate about technology. Ms. Coaston earned her bachelor’s degrees in sociology and social work and a master’s degree in social science administration before obtaining her teaching certification. As her teaching experience grew, she discovered a passion for computers and technology. She is not only enthusiastic about technology in her classroom but also serves as the Advisor of Westlake High School’s Computer Club.

Moreover, Ms. Coaston has been chosen as a state finalist for the 2023 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching. Her recognition exemplifies her deep content knowledge and her ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas.

Ms. Coaston is also a finalist for the 2023 Computer Science Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding K-12 Computer Science Teachers who inspire their students to consider a career in the computer science field. These teachers prepare their students by engaging them in demanding computer science lessons and projects.

The Westlake City School District is incredibly proud to have such a dedicated teacher on their staff. The recognition Ms. Coaston has received at both the state and national levels is well deserved.

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