A Newark teacher was named one of ten educators by Amazon as “Teacher of the Year” in computer science. Teachers are âselected for their work to inspire students from underserved and historically underrepresented communities to pursue careers in computer science and roboticsâ.
Harold Brown of Newark Collegiate Academy was one of the winners selected from thousands of applicants. Scholarship America selected recipients based on promoting diversity and inclusion in computer science classes, a recommendation from a school administrator, and compelling, personal anecdotes about their schools and students.
According to Patch.com, Brown has taught at the NCA for nine years and started school after a stint at Teach America. The award comes with more than a pat on the back, however; NCA receives $ 25,000 while Brown personally receives $ 5,000 in cash. He told Patch.com, “This award is certainly a highlight of my professional career. The award will help the NCA invest in critical STEM programs such as physical computing and robotics for our hardworking students.”
An Amazon spokesperson said the ten teachers âare working diligently to help students in underserved and underrepresented communities build life-changing skills to advance their future in computer science. We celebrate their relentless efforts to improve access to technology and computing skills in their classrooms and beyond. “
Amazon said in a press release, “It has been an especially difficult year for teachers, so we are excited to recognize their hard work and dedication to the success of their students.”
The school announced that it would use the prize money to improve the computer science courses.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of talk show host Bill Doyle of New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill Doyle.
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