Meet the Instructor
Ms. Cunningham was appointed Instructor of Computer Science in 1996 at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. Currently, she teaches AP Computer Science A/Java, Introduction to Programming/C++, Visual Programming/Python, Virtual Reality, Projects in Engineering, Web Page Design, Computer Applications, and Personal Finance. She is the lead AP Computer Science A Consultant for the College Board and AP Reader for AP Computer Science A tests.
Since the summer of 1997, Ms. Cunningham has also taught summer workshops for teachers as well as for elementary through high school students. During the school year, she is also active and enjoys presenting computer technology Saturday programs for all ages of students.
Before coming to the Indiana Academy, she was Departmental Manager for various computer departments at Ontario Systems Corp. in Muncie, Indiana. She has experience as a Software Project Manager/Systems Analyst at Conseco, Inc. (Carmel, IN) and started as a Programmer Analyst at Ball Corporation in Muncie, Indiana. While attending Ball State University as an undergraduate, she was a programmer consultant for the Charles A. Beard School Corporation in Knightstown, Indiana and was instrumental in setting up their first computer labs. She has also taught night classes at Indiana Wesleyan University in Indianapolis, IN. Currently, she is an independent contractor for various programming projects.
Ms. Cunningham is a former member and officer (serving 3 terms) on the Board of Directors for Heritage Place in Indianapolis, Indiana, a former member of the Indianapolis Computer Society, a former member of the CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association), a former member of the Network of Business Women in Indianapolis, a former member of Toastmasters, a former member of Sigma Iota Epsilon (Ball State), and has served on the YMCA Programs and Activities Committee, Muncie, IN. In 1989, she was in the Who’s Who Among Women Executives.
For the year 2020, she was awarded the "Educator of the Year Award" for the state of Indiana from NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology).
For the year 2021, she was awarded “Advisor of the Year” by the Indiana Technology Student Association.
Her hobbies include sponsoring the PhyxtGears FIRST Robotics #1720 team, sponsoring the Indiana Academy TSA (Technology Student Association) team (which won first place for the state of Indiana in 2020), and co-sponsoring the Indiana Academy HOSA (Health Occupational Student Association) team. She is also an avid tennis player.