First Name

David

Last Name

Herman

Bio

David Herman served over 25 years in the US Army before retiring in 1994. Many of those years were spent in teaching and leadership roles. Following six years as a commercial instructor of operating systems, applications and programming languages, he was offered the opportunity to put his skills to work in public education. David began teaching the Honors Cisco Networking Course at New Albany (Ohio) High School in 2002, and immediately noticed that few girls enrolled in the course. He added the AP Computer Science Course to his practice in 2004, and once again was troubled by the lack of young women. To help attract more girls to information technology studies, David proposed an introductory robotics course whose methodology and content would better fit their learning styles. It relies heavily on group work and results in real-world product prototypes that often explore assistive technologies. The course attracts a growing number of girls each year, and lets them transition comfortably into more advanced IT studies. He ensures that all female technology students are made aware of the efforts of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT), regularly recommends summer programs run by The Ohio State University chapter of Women in Engineering (WIE), and promotes the activities and resources of the Dot Diva organization. David retired from teaching at New Albany High School at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. He now teaches Cisco Networking Academy courses part-time to high school students enrolled in any of the 16 Districts involved in the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools consortium.