Since today was Web Design and Development teacher Ms. Cindi Chang‘s last day on campus, in period four, students prepared goodbye presents like balloons, flowers and a card with goodbye messages.

“Ms. Chang always believed in us,” sophomore Shareen Basyari said. “There are teachers who say they do, but few actually mean it and Ms. Chang is one of the few. Perhaps that’s what I’ll miss the most: her love and care for her students.”

Recently, Chang was promoted to work for the Department of Education where she will assist in writing computer science and STEM standards for the state of Nevada.

“Rather than just helping a class each year, I’ll be teaching the teachers, the district, the state, the government, the board of education,” Chang said. “I’ll be networking with other states on their computer science standards. I’ll be affecting more people and processes, so it is quite different than now.”

Although Chang wasn’t intentionally searching for a new job, officials at the state level offered the position because they needed a qualified individual to take part in the new education standards.

“Most of the time the people making those decisions don’t have the background needed, so that’s why they came to me,” Chang said. “Currently, for students to be exposed to computer science, they have to go to high school.”

After teaching for almost 12 years, deciding to leave was a difficult process for Chang. However, despite the emotional toll, Chang feels the sacrifice is worth it if it means she’ll be helping a larger scope of students.  

“For anybody who has little brothers and sisters still in school, they’re actually going to be learning what a ‘loop’ is and what a ‘function’ is and other computer science terminology,” Chang said. “By the time they get into high school, they can really make some incredible things and have a good future in today’s world. I’m really, really excited to take part in that.”

How do you feel about Ms. Chang leaving?