First Name

Jacob

Last Name

Stephens

Bio

Jacob Stephens has been teaching Computer Science at the Liberal Arts & Science Academy (LASA) in Austin, TX for three years. His first exposure to teaching was through an opportunity at an international school in Thailand. Prior to teaching he was in the wireless industry for 10 years. At LASA he has been lucky enough to work with talented and motivated students capable of amazing feats. Last year his students won the UIL Computer Science state championship, and this year two students have advanced to the Gold level of the US Computing Olympiad (with many others competing in Silver). He has helped grow the number of students participating in the North American Computing Olympiad from 5 students to over 40 students each year. The Computer Science classes at LASA have grown by over 100% (95 to 200) since 2010 when he started teaching there. There is now over 20% of the student population taking Computer Science courses each year. He co-founded the Central Texas chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association and is currently the chapter president. This year his students and he started an after school outreach program to a low socioeconomic middle school.