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Russell Strand-Poole

Research Scholar

Friday Institute 210A


If you’ve ever visited the Friday Institute on a Saturday during the school year, you may have run into Russell, who has long served as a highly trained and respected facilitator for the Friday Institute. Russell brings with him a wealth of experience in implementing computer science (CS) across K-12. After working as a music instructor for a year in Pitt County, he came to Durham to serve as a K-8 technology facilitator at Little River. Most recently, he worked at Riverside High School, where he helped to broaden access to CS and engineering courses for underrepresented students. His vast expertise assisted in his efforts as a steering committee member, working to write the state’s CS standards that ensured equity was at the center and established a foundational knowledge for all students across NC.


  • State of Computer Science Education in North Carolina