Scott Couprie

Computer Science Teacher, Past President of Computer Science Teachers Association of Alberta
McNally High School

Scott began his career as a business, computing and typing teacher 1997 in Grande Prairie and moved to Edmonton in 2000 to build a highly regarded Computing program at Parkview Junior High. In 2008 he took a leave of absence from teaching to attend 1 year of Undergraduate Computing Science at the U of A. Upon his return he started building a Computing Science program at McNally High School in Edmonton. It is now regarded as one of the most respected and innovative CS programs in the city.

In 2011, Scott became the founding President of the Computer Science Teachers Association of Alberta. In the summer of 2011, he created a website for teachers called Couprie’s How to Teach Computer Science which regularly receives visitors from around the world. In the fall of 2012, he was awarded a Prime Ministers Award for Teaching Certificate of Achievement.

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When did you first get interested in computers/computing?
I took a few programming classes back in High School but really turned my focus to it once the web started to build in size and power in the 90s.

What have been the highlight moments of your career related to Computing Science?
I have now started to graduate students who are applying for CS undergrad programs.

What do you believe is the future of Computing Science?
From a teaching perspective, Smart Phone apps are the next frontier. We have been dabbling with them but new hybrid programming technologies are opening up the possibilities.