Throughout his career at Google, William Trang has continued to improve educational opportunities for kids. He taught a mobile app coding class and a food blogging course to help increase literacy. He held workshops to help teachers bring technology into the classroom. And he teaches kids ages 8-17 how to code as part of CoderDojo Silicon Valley. William says he had an unforgettable experience in the corps. “It gives you a set of transferable skills that you will use no matter what you do. And it will give you a sense of purpose for the rest of your life.”
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I was passionate about solving educational inequity because I lived it when I was young. The mission aligned with my values and I wanted to give back because specific teachers in my past shaped who I am today. I’m still in touch with fellow corps members and my teaching coach, who is a mentor to me.
The corps solidified my desire to make an impact on students on a larger scale. We live in a time of innovation, but many schools are stuck in traditional ways. As a teacher I was able to challenge that and integrate creativity and technology—laptops, smart boards, Powerpoint, video—into my lessons and engage students. I still use these principles at Google and at CoderDojo.
It developed my problem-solving skills. I had to figure out how to guide students to achieve our big goal, invest them and check progress along the way. Teaching was a humbling experience and nothing I do today is taken for granted. My perspective was shaped through my experience; I am truly appreciative of my opportunities. Without these skills, I wouldn't be where I am today.