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January 10, 2023

Teach Cyber Byte

Happy New Year! In this Teach Cyber Byte you'll hear from Cybersecurity Teacher of the Year, Allen Stubblefield, have the opportunity to apply to the NCTA California State University Sacramento, and explore the newly released Teach Cyber Discovery Kit.

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Teach Cyber spoke with Allen Stubblefield about how he grew his cybersecurity program from four freshmen and one sophomore for a total of 5 to 288 students. Three of those five initial students work in the cybersecurity industry now and have hired graduates from Troy High School's cyber defense program.
Allen began his teaching career after retiring as a Commander in the Navy. After commanding a warship in the Navy, Allen became the commanding officer for the ROTC program in NYC. While there, he was told to be the “big brother” for the high school program, JROTC.
Allen Stubblefield with his Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award (Dec 1 2022)
Allen Stubblefield receive's the Cybersecurity Teacher of the Year Award.
When Allen went out to visit high school programs he was impressed with “how retired sailors and retired marines were making a positive contribution in the lives of young people every day.” After retiring from the Navy in 2005 and moving back to California, Allen was motivated to work in a high school and impact students too.
Allen pioneered his program by working to establish a cybersecurity ecosystem in his region that included students in elementary through high school. In the fall of 2016, he had five middle school students interested in a cybersecurity club, by that December, the club had grown to 25 students and now has 190 students. As the program has grown, the high school students help teach the middle school students cybersecurity vocabulary, concepts, and principles. Once the club was well established, Allen began offering summer camps originally for high school students, and then expanding to middle schoolers and then 1st through 5th graders. In the summer of 2022, Allen hosted K-12 camps and had 190 students enrolled in the middle school camp and 40 4th and 5th-grade students enrolled in the upper elementary camp.
4th & 5th cybersecurity competitors and their parents (Nov 18 2022)
The above picture is 4th and 5th grade cybersecurity competitors and their parents.
Allen firmly believes that students want cybersecurity programs (clubs, camps, and courses) offered at their school. He has seen administrators, other teachers, parents, and students become highly interested and invested in cybersecurity. Having a multifaceted program that reaches several grade bands has also helped Allen succeed in growing his cybersecurity program.
Currently, the high school program at Troy High School in Fullerton, CA offers a Cyber Defense Pathway for 9-12 grade students.
Students learn how technology works in the first year of the high school program by taking apart and rebuilding tech.
Year two focuses on networking. Students need to know not only the components of a network but how each network functions.
In the final year of the Cyber Defense pathway, students focus on system security.

National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy
Did you miss the NCTA Info Sessions?

If you did, you can listen in here.
Supported by a new grant from NCAE-C, California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) has funds to provide full-ride tuition scholarships for the 12 credit hours to 35 qualified high school educators. You can investigate Sacramento State's program here.
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If you are interested applying to this program you can fill out the application here:
Please note the following:

  • High school teachers are eligible.
  • A letter of support is needed from a school administrator.
  • Scholarship Application deadline is February 14, 2023.


The Teach Cyber-Cybersecurity Discovery Kit serves as an introduction for students to LIVE (learn, investigate, value, and empower) Cyber.

  • The kit was developed for students in grades 6-9.
  • The 8 Big Ideas of Cybersecurity (Ethics, Trust, Ubiquitous Connectivity, Data Security, System Security, Adversarial Thinking, Risk and Implications) are introduced.
  • Key principles and concepts are explored, and cybersecurity vocabulary and careers are investigated.
The purpose is to help students discover the vast field of cybersecurity while empowering them to LIVE ethically and well in cyberspace.
Please check out the Cybersecurity Discovery Kit here.
If you have any questions regarding the Cybersecurity Discovery Kit please email Sabrina Smiley at sabrina.smiley@darkenterprisesinc.com.
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