Technology Education and Literacy in Schools PARTNERSHIP
TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) pairs computer science professionals from across the industry with classroom educators to team-teach computer science in high schools throughout the United States started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang, who developed and ran the program in his spare time, Technology Education and Literacy in Schools was embraced by Microsoft in 2011 and has been supported by the company ever since as part of its global YouthSpark initiative, which aims to increase access to computer science education for all youth around the world.
Technology Education and Literacy in Schools helps high schools teach computer science by providing trained volunteers:
Industry professionals in computer science – to partner with a classroom teacher and work as a team to deliver computer science education to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn computer science in their school.
Over two years, the classroom teacher gradually takes over the responsibilities of teaching the course without volunteer support. The team-teaching and volunteer system of Technology Education and Literacy in Schools creates a strong ripple effect: it empowers teachers who can multiply the impact by providing computer science education to hundreds more students over the years.
This school year, Ms. Denise Dryer (Advanced Placements Computer Science) is working with two computer science professionals in the classroom: Steve Lamont and David deHeer who provide support as lab teacher's assistants, working 1-on-1 with students and assisting the teacher with class preparation and grading, but not taking responsibility for planning and delivering lessons.
Steven Lamont is a volunteer teacher, part of the Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program.
He has a Bachelor of Science in computer science and an Master of Business Administration degree. In his career he has done mostly marketing and strategy work for high tech businesses, especially in mobile and communications industries. For the past ten years he has been an entrepreneur, angel investor, and start-up adviser. He is diving back into programming as his "first love". He lives in Burlingame with his wife and four children ranging from college junior to 1st grade.