#1 TEACHER IN ISRAEL
Boys Town Jerusalem instructor Shlomo Serok was named by the Ministry of Education as Israel’s top Computer Science & Networking teacher.
This 62-year-old teacher, who has initiated some of the nation’s top computer technology programs during his 37 years at Boys Town, never received a college diploma. Instead, his university studies were abruptly curtailed by the grave combat injuries Serok suffered during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. During the grueling rehabilitation following his 18-month hospitalization, he returned to his Boys Town Jerusalem high school alma mater to work at odd jobs in the administrative office. And there, Shlomo Serok found an entirely new world of technology to pioneer.
At that very time, Boys Town Jerusalem became one of the first schools in Israel to acquire a computer. Serok quickly learned the basics of programming, still in its early stages, and was soon asked to computerize the school’s various administrative needs. “
“Within a year or so, I devised hundreds of programs for everything from salaries to class schedules, making Boys Town Jerusalem the first Israeli school to digitalize these tasks,” he recalled. “I then began helping to computerize the school’s printing and mechanical design departments. In time, the Israeli military engaged our services to produce fine machinery components for aircraft.”
At the height of those efforts, Shlomo Serok enlisted top Boys Town Jerusalem students to help him develop the computer programs.
“I was only several years older than my first students, but gradually I moved from the realm of programming to teaching. I took pedagogic courses to become licensed, and officially joined Boys Town’s faculty in 1980.”
In 2000, when Boys Town Jerusalem became the first high school in the Middle East to be designated a center of instruction for the CISCO Network Management Program, Shlomo Serok was tapped as its head. In 2010, Boys Town Jerusalem was Israel’s sole high school selected to offer a major in “Open Source (Oracle) Operating Systems,” under Serok’s direction. This year, thanks to Serok’s reputation, Boys Town Jerusalem was one of the eight high schools in Israel chosen by the Prime Minister’s National Cyber Bureau to pilot a cutting-edge course in cyber security.
Over the years, Shlomo Serok’s legendary reputation for investing endless hours in teaching and innovating new programs has only grown. His care and concern for every student knows no bounds, including voluntarily giving night lessons for grads to bolster their advanced studies.
The prestigious Ministry of Education award citing Shlomo Serok as the nation’s #1 Computer Science and Networking instructor for 2019 is the latest in an array of his honors, yet Serok is nonplussed. “My award is knowing that I’ve helped my students reach their potential. I see my students advance in the Army, in hi-tech, and in building their own families in Israel. I can’t imagine having a more gratifying profession.”