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This profile was last updated on 2/26/11  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • MBA
    San Diego State
  • B.Sc. , Engineering
    Ghent University
Web References
Zapper Networks Inc.
www.zappernetworks.com, 26 Feb 2011 [cached]
Walter Schenk - President and Chief Zapper
Walter Schenk is a company founder and the architect of Zapper Networks technology. He has an executive background with both Oracle and NCR encompassing Product/Sales Management, Consulting and Development roles. He has been a concerned parent in the area of Mathematics education, helping create standards at the school, district and state levels. Originally from Belgium, Walter holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Ghent University and an MBA from San Diego State.
Math Zapper - San Francisco Chronicle
www.mathzapper.com, 2 April 2004 [cached]
When Walter Schenk's daughter Alexa was struggling in math class three years ago, the Alamo high-tech consultant created a computer program to help her.
Now Schenk and his friend Graham Anderson of Walnut Creek have launched their own company to make interactive learning systems for children.
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Schenk, 46, has worked for Oracle and as a consultant to the state on K- 12 education. He also was a member of a math task force in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District that re-wrote the district's math standards.
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"When she was in third grade she had trouble memorizing her multiplication tables," Schenk recalled. "My wife gave me the task of helping her learn this over the summer."
Schenk admits he shuddered at the prospect of coming home after a full day of work only to have to drill his daughter on her multiplication tables --
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When Schenk came home and asked how the program worked, his daughter said she'd done all the work with hardly any trouble at all.
"What I didn't tell her is I logged all her answers into a file," Schenk said with a chuckle. "I looked into the file and noted that she only did three lessons instead of six and had lots of errors, even though she said she did great."
Schenk, whose daughter was more than a little embarrassed by his revelation, was pleased at his own cleverness for figuring out a way to keep track of what his daughter was doing during the day and to chart her progress.
It worked so well Alexa shared the program with a friend who lived down the street. By the end of the summer their math skills had increased considerably. Alexa is now in an advanced sixth-grade math class.
"After that a light bulb kind of went on," said Schenk, who then shared his idea with his friend Anderson.
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"We immediately correct errors, and studies show that kids learn better when you immediately show them their errors," said Schenk.
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Even though there are a lot of learning applications on the market, Anderson and Schenk are confident their company will be successful.
Math Zapper Press Releases
www.mathzapper.com, 9 April 2004 [cached]
Co-founders Graham Anderson and Walter Schenk both have children who have needed extra help with their Math skills.
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Schenk has been in the computer industry for more than two decades, including management and technical positions with Oracle and NCR. He has been involved in California Math education at the K-12 level for many years. In 1997, Schenk testified before the California Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards for Math.
Math Zapper Press Releases
www.mathzapper.com, 20 Jan 2004 [cached]
Co-founders Graham Anderson and Walter Schenk both have children who have needed extra help with their Math skills.
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Walter Schenk has been in the computer industry for more than two decades, including management and technical positions with Oracle and NCR. He has been involved in California math education at the K-12 level for many years. In 1997, Schenk testified before the California Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and Performance Standards for Math.
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Says Schenk, "We targeted our unique combination of fun lessons for kids together with comprehensive parental feedback at the primary area where there is an obvious need.
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