Rangeview’s Randy Mills Named National Computer Science Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Rangeview High School teacher Randy Mills for earning Project Lead The Way’s “2021-22 Computer Science Teacher of the Year” award! This honor recognizes Mills for creating transformative learning experiences through PLTW programs that inspire, engage and empower students. Mills received nominations from across the country!

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized and singled out as a leader among thousands of PLTW teachers nationwide,” Mills said. “It is a very nice honor and one I never expected. In all that we have faced in the last 18 months, it is nice to see some positive things going on.”

PLTW is an organization dedicated to helping P-12 students across the U.S. develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through computer science, engineering, and biomedical science pathways.

“Thank you for your partnership in a shared commitment to empower our students to thrive in our evolving world even amidst the most challenging and unprecedented of times,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, PLTW President and CEO.

Mills has made a positive impact as a Rangeview Raider for the last 20 years. He teaches Introduction to Engineering Design and is hailed as a PLTW Computer Science Essentials and Cybersecurity Master Teacher. His CyberPatriot Team has competed at the National Finals and won the Digital Crime Scene challenge in 2015. Mills is passionate about extending STEM to all students and advocating for underrepresented populations.

The PLTW team traveled over 1,000 miles from Indiana to surprise Mr. Mills with a physical award during a recent Rangeview assembly. Students and staff were thrilled for the opportunity to celebrate and congratulate their beloved teacher and colleague.

“We are proud of Mr. Mills and his dedication to our students,” said Rangeview Assistant Principal RyAnn Nelson-Jaiyesimi. “He is inspiring and we feel honored to have him as a teacher at our school.”

APS is equally proud to have Mills on our team! His leadership and impact inside and outside of the classroom upholds the APS 2026: Faces of the Future strategic plan vision to help every student shape a successful future, as well as Rangeview’s “Commitment to Excellence.” It’s the Raider way!

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