Carlos León

Carlos began his career as a bilingual first grade teacher in Minneapolis. Over the past decade, he has worked as an elementary math instructional coach, autonomous school district administrator, and computer science (CS) curriculum and teacher professional development instructional designer. Most recently, Carlos served as Senior Director of Educational Impact and Learning at Mouse, a STEM education NYC nonprofit. During these four years, Carlos led CS education research projects and worked with CSforALL, NYC DOE, ScratchEd,, Google, and CSTA to prepare over 10,000 K-12 educators to teach CS using inquiry-based and culturally responsive teaching methods.

Carlos holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation & Education from Harvard University and A.B. in Literature from Georgetown University.

In the wild, you may spot Carlos watching birds, traveling post-Soviet states or contemplating how to stop his cat from breaking nice things.

Our Team

Our team is committed to expanding equitable access to computer science and coding. We are former public educators, creatives, lifelong learners that are deeply engaged and passionate about what we do.

Clark Merkley

Executive Director

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Abby Funabiki, MPA

Associate Executive Director

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Jared O'Leary, PhD

Director of Education & Research

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Karen Melara

Marketing Manager

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McKay Perkins, MS

PD Facilitator

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Brenda Bass

PD Facilitator

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Laurie Green

PD Facilitator

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Heather Cunningham

PD Facilitator

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Carlos Leon

PD Facilitator

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Kelly Powers

PD Facilitator

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Michael Hanahan

Marketing Consultant

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Stacie Mason, PhD

Research and Evaluation

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