Laginne Walker

Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics • 2024

Title and Organization Algebra I, Computer Science, Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy


Laginne Walker’s upbringing was marked by diversity and a strong sense of social justice. Her mother, an occupational therapist, instilled in her the value of education, while her father, from a military family, taught her the importance of hard work. Ms. Walker’s passion for learning led her to excel at Lick-Wilmerding, a private San Francisco high school that welcomed students from diverse backgrounds. She graduated from Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in May 2001, a testament to her hard work and dedication to learning. She holds a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Brooklyn College and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration from Pace University. As a Master Teacher at Math for America, she has both organized and participated in professional development workshops and courses. Through her hard work and self-determination, she has mastered computer science, enabling her to create CS courses for students and establish the CS curriculum for the schools where she teaches. Ms. Walker’s achievements have been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the UFT Excellence in Education Award for High School, the FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence semi-finalist, and received an honorable mention for the Greater New York City NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award, issued by National Center for Women & Information Technology. In 2019, dedication and commitment to excellence also earned her the UFT Champions of Computer Science Award. Ms. Walker has been recognized with these awards for her exceptional ability to maintain high standards for her students and incorporate technology in a meaningful way. If you were to peek inside her classroom, you would witness students engaging in lively discussions, performing demonstrations, taking leadership roles, and imparting knowledge to their peers during lessons.