Denise Gardiner

​​​​Denise Gardiner


Computer Science teacher, Computer Science / Technology Education Department Chair


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New tech course at Pine Creek for school year 2019 – 2020!

Course Name: A.P. Computer Science Principles

Course Number: 160015 A/B

Grade Levels: 9th  – 12th

Prerequisite: Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology III in 8th grade or Programming 1

Length: 1 year, weighted grade status

Description: Key concepts include the creative aspects of programming, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, communication and collaboration, and the global impacts of computing and technology.  A moderate amount of programming is required in this course.


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Hello and welcome to Gardiner's webpage.  I am a computer programming teacher and the Computer Science department chair.  After graduating from Vanderbilt University I worked in industry as a computer programmer and computer systems analyst.  I then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia, teaching English as a Second Language.  I studied Math and Tech Education at Columbia University and Florida State University in order to become a teacher.  I have been teaching computer programming at Pine Creek since its opening in 1998.  I was awarded the Aspirations in Computing Colorado Educator Award by the National Center for Women & Information Technology in 2011 and the Colorado Technology Educator of the Year by the Colorado Technology Association in 2015.  I also coach competitive swimming and sometimes do database and Java teacher training for Oracle.  In 2019 I acted as a Reader for the A.P. Computer Science exam for the first time, helping to grade about 71,000 APCS exams.  It was a great experience - learning how the College Board's A.P. exam grading process works and seeing how other students write their code - and I plan to continue in that role every June.  I have a passion for Colorado, the Rocky Mountains, and the outdoors.  I spend my free time swimming, cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, camping, traveling ... and grading.


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2019 - 2020 ​Class Schedule

Fall 2019:

Blue​​ Day Green Day​
1st Block 7:45 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Oracle Database Academy A.P. Computer Science
​2nd Block ​9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Programming 1
3rd Block 11:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. ​A.P. Computer Science Principles
​A.P. Computer Science
4th Block ​1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Plan Programming 1

Spring 2020​​:

Blue Day​ Green Day
1st Block 7:45 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.​ Oracle Database Academy
A.P. Computer Science
​2nd Block ​9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Programming 2
Game Programming
3rd Block 11:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. ​A.P. Computer Science Principles
​A.P. Computer Science
4th Block ​1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Plan​​ Plan
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