Letter from the Founder
I am a high school student, studying and then teaching technology to younger students for about three years. I am in the same age group as the students I teach, which is critical. Young people have interests that are unlike those of adults and learn technology differently in the modern era. As I am just a few years older than my students, I can relate to them and adjust my lectures to better address their needs.
I started teaching in my freshman year: I approached the Principal at a local primary school and convinced him to let me teach technology to the students at his school. I started with a series of presentations to a large audience. The presentations were very popular, and I was invited to develop a formal course for students interested in technology, programming in particular. I taught the course over two consecutive semesters (Level I and Level II), and it was a great success. My classes were oversubscribed, and I received numerous compliments from students, teachers, and parents. Since then I have spoken with many technology executives, and I continue to update my materials and refine my methods of teaching.
The idea of teaching technology in English to non-native English-speaking students came to me when I visited my family in Poland last summer. It was not my first visit, but it was then that I realized that I could make people happy just by speaking English to them. Students who learn English as a second language in Poland have very few opportunities to practice their skills with native English speakers. My friends (and their friends) requested that I help them practice their English skills while I was there. This is of even greater importance with respect to technology: many technologies and programming languages are English-based, which makes it vital for students interested in technology to learn English technical terminology early on. Based on this experience, I decided to offer my modified technology course to non-English students abroad. This is how English & Programming was born. The actual concept and business plan were developed on a bus in New York City a few months later.
In the summer of 2016, I taught my course in Poland. What started as an idea on an NYC bus around Christmastime two years ago, now has become a reality. I had taught the course at schools in the US, but this was the first time I taught it in a foreign country to students who are learning English as a second language.
With this early success, I have ambitious plans for this school year. I will continue teaching in schools in the US and abroad. However, the material will be more targeted. Abroad, I will focus on Java and Robotics, which were very well received. For domestic schools, I will introduce cyber security to my program and operate under a new division Kids 2 Kids (K2K), meaning that young people – still kids such as myself – will teach other kids. I have added Areya Campbell-Rosen, to serve as our Chief Marketing Officer, and I plan to add more, including a CFO, this year.
Thank you for reading, and thank you for your time and advice during this journey. I really appreciate it.