Brenda McGurgan is a technology teacher and department chair at Highland Park High School in Dallas, TX. Brenda began her career with a BBA from West Texas State University in Computer Information Systems. After programming for the City of Amarillo, Brenda decided that education was her true passion and returned to college to earn a teaching certificate from Texas Education Agency in CIS.
Brenda has taught AP Computer Science in Pascal, C++, and Java. She was asked to join the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center in Lubbock, TX, to begin a new program which included certifications in C-Tech Copper and Fiber, A+ Computer Maintenance, and Cisco Academy. Brenda certified over 50 students in these areas.
Mrs. McGurgan moved to Dallas in 2007 to begin teaching AP Computer Science at Highland Park High School. Brenda is currently the department chair for the Media, Information, and Technology department as well as full-time instructor for Computer Science and Oracle Academy. Brenda believes deeply in the benefits of certification for her students and has worked with IBM to give her students the opportunity to become certified as an IBM DB2 Academic Associate. Over three years, 75 of her students have passed the rigorous exam and will graduate from high school with IBM credentials.
Brenda completed her Master’s in Education at Southern Methodist University with a specialty in Computer Science. She has participated in many campus programs including peer coaching, global initiatives, assessment training, and the Programs in Professional Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.