Executive Bios

Deborah Seehorn
Chair, CSTA Board of Directors

Deborah Seehorn is a Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI). Prior to working at the NC DPI, Deborah was a high school classroom business teacher in Whiteville, NC, and Hallsboro, NC. Prior to those teaching positions, Deborah taught Basic and COBOL programming, Database Management, and Business Microcomputer Systems at San Juan Community College in Farmington, New Mexico. Prior to that, she taught Algebra I and Basic Computer Programming to 9th graders at Tsé Bit 'ai Junior High School in Shiprock, New Mexico. She began her education career at Camp Lejeune, NC, teaching high school mathematics at Lejeune High School.

Deborah won election to the CSTA Board of Directors in 2008 as the State Department representative. She served as the CSTA Board Chair Elect from 2012-2013. She served on the white paper committee for Ensuring Exemplary Teaching in an Essential Discipline: Addressing the Crisis in Computer Science Teacher Certification. Deborah also served as the Chair of the CSTA Standards Task Force which produced the 2011 CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards.

Deborah's BS degree in mathematics is from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia (now Mary Washington University), and her MBA degree is from New Mexico Highlands University.

Chris Stephenson
Executive Director, CSTA

Chris Stephenson is the executive director of ACM's Computer Science Teachers Association. She joined ACM after 16 years at the University of Toronto's Computer Systems Research Institute and the University of Waterloo's Mathematics and Computing Department, where she designed instructional resources and professional development for high school educators. She is former president of Holt Software, an educational publishing company focusing computer science.

Since 2000, Stephenson has served as chair of the annual Computer Science and Information Technology Symposia and as chair of the review committee for computer science for the National Educational Computing Conference. She is the former chair of the International Society for Technology in Education's Computer Science special interest group and of the ACM K-12 Task Force. She is also a former president of the Association for Computer Studies Educators and of the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, Canada. She has produced numerous research publications in the field of computer science education and adaptive technology, and has written several high school textbooks.

Stephenson earned a B.A. in English Literature, a B.J. (Journalism) from Carleton University, an M.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a specialty in Computer Applications, Measurement, and Evaluation, and a Ph.D. in Education and Teaching Leadership from Oregon State University.


CSTA works at many levels to support computing education.

Elementary and Middle school
(problem solving &
computational thinking)

High school
(computing &
computer science)

(enrollment &

(engagement &