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2018-19 Volunteer Applications Are Now Closed
If you are interested in volunteering with TEALS for the 2019-20 school year, our volunteer application will open in February 2019. Please contact us and we’ll put you on our list to remind you when the application does open.
Although volunteer applications for the 2018-19 school year are now closed, this page outlines the application process to help you better understand the requirements of becoming a TEALS volunteer. Additional specific deadline dates and instructions are below.
Computer science is a vital and inevitable driver in today’s global innovation economy, but most US high schools are unable to offer rigorous CS courses on their own. Without CS in high schools, our students are missing out on essential computational skills that will help them succeed in any career they wish to pursue, and professional skills that could lead them to economic security in the future.
TEALS helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science (CS) programs. We pair volunteer CS professionals across the US with classroom teachers looking to make a lasting impact in their students’ lives. TEALS volunteers help shape students’ futures and career opportunities by providing them with computational knowledge and skills they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
Why are TEALS volunteers critical?
TEALS volunteers help fill the CS education gap for teachers and students alike. Volunteers provide CS expertise and classroom teachers provide educational expertise. Together, this creates the perfect partnership to teach CS in high schools. Over time, TEALS volunteers help classroom teachers teach CS independently and confidently. Our volunteers create a ripple effect that gives current and future students the opportunity to be innovators and creators of technology. The TEALS program is an ideal setting for CS professionals to use their highly-technical skillset to foster the next generation of inventors and coders.
“I hadn’t ever thought about what I wanted to do in the future until this year. We’re just a farming town, no one pursues computer science. When I made the decision to go into computer-related stuff it was because of exposure I’ve had through this class. I know this is something I could do for the rest of my life.” – Brendan Van Diest, TEALS student at Quincy High School, Quincy, WA
Why volunteer with TEALS?
Volunteer with TEALS to help change a student’s life and help educate the next generation of developers and computer scientists. Join the effort to educate teachers and students alike and volunteer today!
Want to be a TEALS volunteer?
Follow our quick-start guide for information that will help you understand everything about becoming a TEALS volunteer. If you have more questions, contact us for more information. We’re eager to have more volunteers and happy to answer any remaining questions you may have!
Upcoming Info Sessions
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TEALS doesn’t just impact students, it impacts volunteers. Read the stories of TEALS volunteers from all over the country discussing their experiences working in the classroom, why they give their time and how they’re making a difference.
Detroit, MI, Data analyst and TEALS volunteer
At first glance, I’m absolutely the wrong person to teach high schoolers computer science: I did terribly in my first computer science class, which I took as a freshman engineering student at the University of Michigan. I remember in particular one project, which I spent more than 30 hours working on—and I scored 15%. Read More >
Seattle, Software Development Engineer at Amazon
One of many good things about the software industry is that there are so few developers and so many developing jobs, you have the opportunity to choose a job that’s fulfilling to you. You don’t have to settle but can find something where you feel like you’re making a difference… Read More >
Seattle, Software Development Engineer at Microsoft
I was looking for a way to ensure young people didn’t miss the chance to give computer science a try, like I almost did. A friend told me about TEALS, and I signed up. Volunteering in a TEALS classroom has been more fulfilling than I could have ever imagined. Read More >
New York, Senior Software Engineer at Google
One Saturday while I was taking the subway home, I bumped into one of my students from the TEALS AP computer science class that I have been volunteering to teach. For the next several stops, we chatted about the program and her plans after high school… Read More >
Phoenix, Principal Engineer at Intel
Back in 1980s, while in the 11th grade, I accidentally came across a book on computer programming. At that time, I knew nothing about computers and didn’t have access to one. So I wrote and “ran” my programs only on paper, with absolutely no way to confirm that my code was correct. Read More >
New York, Programmer and Software Consultant at Gig Werks
I’m a programmer and software consultant, not a teacher. So when I first started volunteering with TEALS, I was really scared! I worried I’d get to the front of the classroom and freeze, or not know an answer, or be embarrassed. After a few classes that fear goes away. Read More >
Boston, Senior Software Engineer at Firecracker
I love teaching, and I love education—I always have. I used to teach English when I lived in Brazil, where I grew up, and I have worked as a technical instructor. I’m passionate about kids and education, particularly in computer science. After all, I have seen how much it turned around my life. Read More >
Phoenix, Software Engineer at SanDisk
Not long ago, the head of school at BASIS Chandler sent out an email asking parents to volunteer. My kids go there, and I would love to volunteer, but being a lunchroom monitor was just not my thing. When I found out they were starting the TEALS computer science program… Read More >
TEALS Partner Schools
Here are the schools that have applied to partner with us for the 2018-19 school year so far. The program is growing, new schools are being added regularly, and there are remote teaching opportunities available. So, if you don’t see a school in your area, please still apply!
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