First Name

Paul

Last Name

Johnson

Bio

For the past 7 years, Paul Johnson, a systems engineer at Northrop Grumman, has coached, mentored and inspired students to pursue careers in cybersecurity and other STEM disciplines critical to our nation's future. His dedication is evident in the impressive results he achieves and the words of praise and appreciation from students and their parents. Prior STEM coaching and selected results: • 2011: Coach for FIRST Lego League Robotics team. (First place in Robot Performance in Southern California Invitational Tournament) • 2013: Coach for FIRST Lego League Robotics team. (First place in Robot Design in Southern California Qualifying Event) • 2014: Coach for Science Olympiad Robo-cross (First place in California Regional Tournament) • June 2014 through April 2015: First year coaching for CyberPatriot. (Highest team placed first in California; fifth place nationally) and participated in the San Diego Mayor’s Cyber Challenge (Finals) Paul also flew to Washington, D.C. at his personal expense to help out with the Nationals in 2015. Paul’s teams often placed highly including multiple first places in California in FIRST Lego League, Science Olympiad and CyberPatriot. Paul has started CyberPatriot at 3 schools in the last 2 years and has helped 4 CyberPatriot coaches get started. Currently June 2015 through April 2016: Paul is coaching four Del Norte High School (DNHS) and five Oak Valley Middle School (OVMS) CyberPatriot teams in San Diego (45 students). This is the second year in which Paul had a first place finish nationally in CyberPatriot Qualification Rounds, and one team will be 1 of 3 middle school teams attending the Nationals in Baltimore in April. Most of his CyberPatriot teams placed in the top few percent nationally. His CyberPatriot teams placed especially well in networking, with mostly perfect scores, and many teams received a perfect Linux score in a fraction of the time of the top-placed teams. Other ways that Paul Johnson goes above and beyond include … • As part of this year’s CyberPatriot training, received about 12,200 emails and sent about 5,500, plus thousands of instant messages. • Held 39 four-hour training sessions on Sunday afternoons to allow for preparation on Saturdays. Missed only two sessions for holidays. Spent several hundred hours in preparation of classes providing instructions for new tools, techniques and generating practice images. • Staffed four competition days from 5 AM to 7:30 PM to allow students more space and better Wi-Fi access during the competition. • Mentored four new coaches for three other new teams to get them started with their own CyberPatriot teams.