When Google hired former Georgia Public Schools math teacher Jennifer Lee in February, the tech giant was hoping to attract more highly-qualified math teachers.
But the hire was met with skepticism by some teachers, who said Google was not taking an education-focused approach to the job.
Lee, a former mathematics teacher at GAPS, is an expert on Google’s high-performance computing system and has worked on projects with other companies.
She joined Google in 2015 after a stint with Microsoft.
Lee has also taught in the Florida public schools, according to her LinkedIn profile.
In addition to her math work, Lee has worked at Google’s robotics lab, helping to develop algorithms to automate tasks, such as assembling parts for a robot car.
Google has a strong history of hiring women, and a former employee said Lee was an “amazing” hire, according the Associated Press.
Lee also worked on the engineering team for Google’s self-driving car project, according her LinkedIn bio.
After the hire, Lee said she was surprised to learn Google would pay her less than she was making at her former employer.
“I think that is pretty disappointing to hear,” she told the AP.
As a teacher, Lee says she didn’t receive any extra compensation, but she also didn’t get the kind of pay Google promised.
She has worked with Google in the past, but says the tech company is different now that it is a national tech company.
“Google, being a global company, has always been very competitive and has always had an eye for quality,” Lee said.
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Google has also been hiring for other high-level roles.
The company recently hired an assistant professor of math at Georgia Tech to work on its math teams, and in December it announced that it was hiring a professor of electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University to lead its science teams.