Twenty years ago Michael Zamansky left his high paying Wall Street job to teach computer science at New York's Stuyvesant High School. "My current salary after 23 years is just approaching my pre-teaching salary when I worked in the industry back in the day,” he laughs.
When Zamansky joined the staff at Stuyvesant (which is often ranked as one of the top public high schools in America), the school had no computer science program and only a class or two vaguely related to the subject.
Today the school has eight dedicated computer science teachers and requires each student to complete a full year of courses on the subject.
As a result, Stuyvesant has alumni in high-level positions at tech firms around the country. Zamansky uses alumni at companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to help his current students.
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