Arthur Celestin

Arthur Celestin

Associate Director, High School Programs

Born and raised in Haiti, Arthur moved to Florida where he resided for 12 years and worked in the Lee County School System as a Network Support Specialist. He was educated in the IT field at Lee County High Tech Center Central now known as Fort Myers Institute of Technology and later moved to San Antonio in 2006. He worked for the Judson Independent School System for three years and currently works as Information Technology Instructor and CyberPatriot/Cyber Security Advisor for Southwest High School in SWISD. Since moving to San Antonio, he received a Bachelor degree in Technology Education from Texas State University and a Master in Education Technology Leadership from Lamar University. He has been an adjunct faculty for the Alamo Colleges since January 2014 and has also been the Cyber Security instructor for UTSA PREP since 2014. His goal in the area of technology education is to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, IT certifications, and cyber security experience and expertise to excel in the IT industry and the cyber world.

He has countless hours of professional development training combined with more than fifteen years of experience in the IT field and education. He received the Excellence in Action Award from Lee County High Tech Center Central in January of 2004 and was awarded in October 2007 the 212 Degree Service Recognition Award by Judson ISD Technology Department. In October of 2011, he received a Certificate of Appreciation awarded by Southwest HS Counseling Office for exemplifying an outstanding teacher dedicated to the success of his students. On January 27 of 2012, he was nominated Southwest High School Teacher of the Year, then SWISD 2011-2012 District Teacher of the Year. He was also nominated for The Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2011-2012 and was recognized as a Distinguished Educator by the Citizen of the City of San Antonio. He attended the 2014 White House Science Fair with one of his SWISD students to show case one of the SW High School electric cars. He has been one the pioneers of the CyberStar Middle school cyber security program and a strong advocate for the last six years of CyberPatriot education, IT certifications, and Women/Girls in IT for high school students in Bexar County.

Michael Maldonado

Michael Maldonado

Associate Director, Middle School Programs

Michael Maldonado has followed an unconventional path into cyber security education. Michael graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University-Corpus Chrisi with a BA in History but always maintained a passion for technology and cyber systems. Michael began his career in education as a history teacher and coach but very quickly was recognized as a campus leader in education technology and was asked to create a robotics program and then a cyber security program. Born and raised on the southside of San Antonio Michael dedicated himself to helping young people in underserved communities learn the skills they need to be competitive in the 21st century.

As an educator Michael has developed a middle engineering curriculum and is developing a full year cyber security curriculum aligned with the goals of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Competition. During the 2015 CyberPatriot season Michael coached 5 CyberPatriot teams into the semi-finals leading teams to win the 3rd Place Texas Award and guiding an all-female team to the 1st Place Texas Award. In addition to team awards and a variety of educator awards Michael has been selected as the 2015 Air Force Association-Texas Teacher of the Year. Michael is currently the Engineering and Cyber security teacher at McNair Middle School in Southwest ISD (San Antonio).

Denae Brooks

Denae Brooks

Social Media Manager

Denae was born and raised in South Texas. San Antonio has been her home for over 10 years. Denae graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a B.S. degree in Communications. She currently attends Our Lady of the Lake University pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Systems and Security. Denae is a member of InfraGard Partnership for Protection, a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. She also currently holds a Social Media Manager leadership position with CyberTexas Foundation where she helps to attract interest in the CyberTexas/CyberPatriot brand through the use of social media. Denae helps recruit potential mentors, coaches, sponsors and volunteers who are interested in assisting with middle and high school CyberPatriot camps and competitions.

Denae is the Marketing Director & IT-Network Administrator for The Schrader Group at RE/MAX Associates, the #1 top-producing RE/MAX team in San Antonio. Denae develops and maintains The Schrader Group’s websites and assists with facilitating innovative ways to market clients’ homes using various social media and state-of-the-art solutions. She works diligently to continuously promote clients’ homes through a broad range of marketing outlets, proven repeatedly to help expedite sales. Denae has 15 years of experience in corporate and media relations, advertising, marketing/branding, public relations, graphic design & web development. In addition, her computer networking and security expertise help ensure The Schrader Group’s office operations continue to run smoothly. Prior to The Schrader Group, Denae was Media Director for an Investor Relations firm. Denae is the 2013 & 2015 GSABA Summit Award winner for Best Social Media Associate.

Nicholas Cooper

Nicholas Cooper

Web Developer