Chatham High School Computer Science teacher John Hajdu has been recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) with the 2017 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.

The Educator Award is conferred upon educators who have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging young women’s aspirations in computing.

“In this day and age, innovation is driven by technology. If you want to change the world, there is a good chance you will have do some programming, or at least work with someone who programs," Hajdu said. "Ensuring every group, be it women, minorities or otherwise, have an equal opportunity to develop those skills is incredibly important and beneficial to our society as a whole. It is an honor to play a small role in the work that NCWIT does to increase diversity in the field of computing.”

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The NCWIT told Hajdu, “Young women represent a promising source of technical talent, yet are woefully underrepresented in computing. Great teachers are one of the most important factors in inspiring young women to engage with technology in meaningful ways and pursue technical careers. We thank you for all you have done to make computing a reality and we look forward to seeing your students among our Award applicants and recipients for years to come.”

CHS Supervisor of Instructional Design and Technology, Danielle Dagounis, said, “Mr. Hajdu is extremely active professionally outside of his regular teaching responsibilities, serving on various statewide committees for the advancement of computer science education. He also makes computer science accessible to all students and we have seen our female enrollment in our Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course increase from 14 percent to 48 percent in three years! Mr. Hajdu is very deserving of this recognition.”

New Jersey Affiliate Aspirations Award Ceremony to be held at Kean University on April 4th.