Jeppe’s Ms Stephanie Craig was named the top IT Educator in Gauteng’s District D9 for the third year in a row at a function during the week.
The award, she explains, is based on combination of the subject’s overall matric pass rate, the average and the number of distinctions earned. Jeppe came out tops again and it’s due to the dedication of the boys and to Ms Craig’s teaching prowess.
“I have never had a failure in all the years that I have been teaching,” she said, “and since I started teaching programming in 2003 I have generally produced some good results.”
She actually began her teaching career as a teacher of English and History, until she did a computer programming course with the intention of leaving the profession.
“I learned to programme in Java and was almost immediately offered a job at an IEB school where that language is taught,” she said. “Mr Dempsey “then offered me a job at Jeppe and I quickly had to learn Delphi, the language taught in GDE schools.”
So she stayed in the profession and has been teaching IT ever since She believes a grounding in Delphi is valuable because it covers the basics necessary for changing over to one of the more popular programming languages.
“A lot of our boys go on to study IT at university, and for those who do something else, their background in programming will stand them in good stead.”
When she’s not teaching Ms Craig can still be found in the computer labs, running the school’s popular E-sports club.
“The sport has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years and the demand is greater than the number of machines we have available can cope with,” she said. “We compete in various leagues and competitions and Jeppe generally does very well.”