Note from St. Helena Computer Science Teacher

January 19, 2017


A Letter of Commendation from educator John Harrington

Thank You IT Members: Josh Brock-Walder, Horacio Mendoza, and Derrick Machado


I need to commend the efforts of members of the Saint Helena Unified School District’s IT Department, Josh Brock-Walder, Horacio Mendoza, and Derrick Machado, for their effort in providing real world job skills to my St. Helena High School students. Last year, as I was attempting to develop the “Pathways” component for the high school’s new computer science courses, I asked these three gentlemen if they would be interested in overseeing the development of a real-world IT training component – their response was a resounding, “Yes.” We met several times since then to talk about the curriculum, and following Thanksgiving Break the classes began. Here is what was provided:


Instructor  |  Course 1  |  Course 2

Josh Brock-Walder  |  Networking  |  Servers

Horacio Mendoza  |  Hardware  |  Printers/IP Addresses

Derrick Machado  |  Active Directory  |  Imaging


The classes provided by these gentlemen were a huge success. They were very knowledgeable in regards to the content they provided, passionate about their subject matter and eager to guide my students. These classes are evolving. We are currently discussing how we can make the sessions next year more hands on.


Last year, Ben Scinto (St. Helena High Principal) presented the idea of the IT department providing internships to my students. Can you imagine students leaving high school with a resume that states they worked in an IT department helping solve a range of computer issues for their school? Josh, Derrick and Horacio were very receptive to the idea. We are currently discussing what the roles will be, and expect to open up the internships in the coming weeks.


Again, I am very thankful and appreciative to Derrick, Horacio and Josh for not only the real world IT skills they shared with my students, but I am also very grateful for all the real life experiences they shared with them as well. Kudos gentleman!




John Harrington

Teacher, SHHS & RLS

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