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March 22, 2007 at 11:43 AM

A new gig for Seattle’s Apprentice

If Donald Trump gives Zoodango’s James Sun the boot, Sun has a more rewarding gig waiting back home.

I think he should take a bigger role in the software industry’s efforts to get kids more excited about math and science. He’s the perfect front man: Not only is he a groovy Web entrepreneur, he’s relatively young (30), articulate and has a bit of celebrity aura since he’s been on Trump’s show.

Sun’s already pitching in. In a cameo appearance during last night’s WSA awards dinner, he talked up the organization’s education push and shared his personal story.

As a kid, he was getting D’s and C’s in math until fifth grade, when a thoughtful teacher gave him a nudge. The teacher told him he was “actually good at math, and math is important,” Sun recalled.

From then on he received 4.0 grades in math, which boosted his other studies and made him a 4.0 student overall.

“Math can be a catalyst for students to really understand the importance of education,” he said.

You’re hired!

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