Kay S. Pleasant
Title: Senior Lecturer of Computer Science
Department: Computer Science
Building: COB 315.08
- M.S., The University of Texas at Tyler
Mrs. Pleasant completed her BS degree at Abilene Christian University in 1981 and her MS degree at The University of Texas at Tyler in 1988. She was inducted into Epsilon Delta Pi Computer Science Honor Society upon completion of her MS degree.
Mrs. Pleasant began her career in teaching in 1989 as a math and computer math teacher at the high school level. She continued to teach at the high school level through 1995 teaching Computer Science, AP Computer Science I and II, and BCIS. In 1995 Mrs. Pleasant moved from the classroom to administration as an instruction technology trainer for TISD. Mrs. Pleasant trained high school and middle school teachers on integrating technology in the classroom as well as administration of several school networks. During this time, Mrs. Pleasant earned the highest level of certifications with Novel Networks as a Certified Novel Instructor. Mrs. Pleasant participated as a part owner of a successful IT support and training corporation from 2000 to 2005. Mrs. Pleasant currently serves Senior Lecturer and advisor for the computer science department at The University of Texas at Tyler. She began her career at UT Tyler in 2000.
Mrs. Pleasant continues to support K-12 education. Her professional leadership includes
serving on the Board of Directors for Texas Computer Educators Association. Mrs.
Pleasant served as the Chair of the CIS Tuning Committee with The Higher Education
Coordinating Board and Lumina Foundation. Mrs. Pleasant directs three major robotics
qualifying tournaments at The University of Texas at Tyler. These include the First
Tech Challenge, VEX Robotic Competition, and Texas Computer Education Association
Area Competition. These tournaments bring hundreds of high school and middle school
students, teachers, and parents to UT Tyler’s campus. Mrs. Pleasant has received several
awards during her career. In 2007 she received the White Fellowship Excellence in
Teaching Award a CECS Outstanding Faculty Award and received the CECS Outstanding
Faculty Award in 2010 and CECS Pillar of the College in 2013. In 2014 she was selected
by students of the Alpha Chi honor society as outstanding faculty. The East Texas
Technology Student Association honored Mrs. Pleasant with the Outstanding Leadership