Welcome to Cyber Security!
I have been teaching since 2011! My Bachelor's degree is in Biology, and I have earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum Development. Additionally, I have multiple credits in Computer Science and I am endorsed in both Introductory and Advanced Computer Science.
I have come to love Computer Science so much, I spend several weeks every summer traveling around the country to teach other high school teachers how to successfully teach Computer Science! It is by far, my favorite subject because Computer Science is everywhere … Smart medicine that can monitor your health... National security issues ... Sonar technology to view the inside of your body ... It’s saving lives and helping people.
Computers have transformed everything we do. In the new economy, computer science is no longer an optional skill, it's a basic skill. I see that Computer science is all around us, and feel it is imperative to expose our students to it!
-- Ms. Calais Fossier
"Science can tell you how to clone a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Humanities can tell you why this might be a bad idea!"--Unknown
WHAT TO EXPECT IN CYBERSECURITY
Students who apply to this program should be team-players who aren't afraid to make mistakes, try new things and learn from others. We are often seen as "mad-scientists"
as those in Cybersecurity often try something that didn't work AGAIN just to see if we get the same results!
Successful students are NOT those who ALREADY know about technology ... successful students in this program are those that have GRIT, INTEGRITY, COURAGE, are OPEN-MINDED, DETERMINED and are good at COMMUNICATING and WORKING WITH OTHERS,The Cybersecurity Program provides students with knowledge and skills in computer maintenance and repair, the cybersecurity life cycle, incident handling and networking.
Successful students will be prepared to take certification exams for CompTIA’s A+ and Networking +, the gateway certifications for careers in IT and Cybersecurity.
- Basics of Computer Hardware & Software
- Computer Forensics & Incident Handling
- Methods for Deciphering Encrypted Data
- Theory of VLAN, interVLAN, LAN
Students in our Cybersecurity Program also compete in the CyberPatriot Competition every year. This competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association, is the nation's national high school cyber defense competition in which over 5,000 teams compete! This competition not only teaches proper internet/web etiquette and safety
but also produces a well-qualified cyber workforce. Many students who participate in this competition have gone on to get internships and credit in the cyber industry.
The CyberPatriot program is structured to focus students on cyber security awareness and orient all students to the possibilities of cyber careers.
Meet our Instructor:
Calais Fossier/Cybersecurity Instructor/AP Computer Science Instructor/Biology H & AP Biology Instructor
- Bachelor of Science: Emphasis in Evolution and Systematics, UNLV
- Masters in Education: Curriculum Development, UNLV
- Endorsement in Computer Programming
- Endorsement in Computer Science
- 18+ Credits in Computer Science, UNLV
- A+ Certified
- Security + Certified
Students who Major in Cybersecurity will take the following courses:
This course sequence pertains to the school year 2023-24 and forward
9th--Law Enforcement I
10th--Law Enforcement II
We also encourage Cybersecurity student to Minor in one of the following areas starting in their Jr. year:
Criminal Justice (supplementary program)
Recommended Coursework Includes:
AP Computer Science Principles