May 30, 2013 | Volunteer Spotlight
Paul Jannace Exploring Technology with students in Brooklyn, NY
Exploring Technology with Students at Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice
When Paul Jannace, Enterprise Sales Director, Healthcare attended the Verizon sponsored Teach for America (TFA) Workshop in NYC last February, he knew he had to get involved. Jannace wanted to speak with students and share information regarding their college and career paths to showcase how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) played a role in his own professional development.
So with the help of TFA, Jannace arranged to be a guest speaker at the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice in Brooklyn, NY where he spoke to 22 11th grade girls on how they can get involved with STEM careers. He showed the class the “Powerful Answers” video and introduced them to VGo, a remotely controlled 4G LTE-enabled mobile robot, that breaks down the barriers of distance and access, bringing the power of technology inside classrooms, homes, businesses, hospitals and schools. “The class seemed surprise to learn that Verizon is evolving into a technology company rather than a phone company,” said Jannace.
“Paul was fantastic and we were very happy to have him come to our school. We hope he can come back again at some point, especially so he can address the other girls from different classes. We have many students who are interested in careers in technology and having Paul was a great resource with his enthusiasm and passion. They couldn't stop asking questions and I am convinced several will continue their inquiry in STEM careers”, said class teacher Shingi Mutasa.
Jannace’s son is a high school teacher and gave him a crash course in developing a lesson plan on the smart board. Jannace passed out Verizon memory stick bracelets which were a big hit and said he will likely go back to the school again next month to speak with a different class.
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