Team

Michael Preston, Executive Director

Michael has developed, implemented, and studied technology and learning for 20 years. Michael oversees the strategic and programmatic efforts that have helped build the foundation of Computer Science for All students in New York City public schools. Prior to joining CSNYC, he designed and led digital learning initiatives at the NYC Department of Education including programs in middle and high school computer science, personalized learning, and digital literacy. At Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, he led the development of and research studies on multimedia analysis tools. He has taught courses in psychology and research methods at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. He received a B.A. from Harvard University.

Leigh Ann DeLyser, Director of Education & Research

Leigh Ann designs and leads research and programmatic efforts to support the expansion of computer science education to all of NYC’s public schools. Before CSNYC, Leigh Ann worked for 12 years first as a high school CS teacher and later as a college CS professor at a range of institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, NYU, and Westchester Community College, and she served on the Board of Directors for the Computer Science Teachers Association. Leigh Ann earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, with a focus on CS education. Leigh Ann has authored numerous research papers and reports including the influential Running on Empty report that highlighted the lack of standards in CS education in the United States.