From Head of Microsoft Israel to Middle School Math Teacher in Five Years
Avi Nathan served as general manager of Microsoft Israel from 2001 until late 2007. Now, the retired software engineer is teaching middle school math for the sixth year in a row
Adi Pick | 09:39 04.09.2019
Imagine a dream job as head of a large company. You are doing a fine job bringing home the bacon every month. You are well respected and liked. But one day, you get up and resign to become a middle school math teacher in Israel’s underfunded public education system. That is what Avi Nathan, the former head of Microsoft Israel, did about a decade ago, and he is loving every minute of it. In a recent interview with the podcast “30 Minutes or Less,” Nathan outlined his non-traditional career path. Nathan started out as a software engineer at Microsoft in 1989 in Redmond, Washington. While he was working at the company’s headquarters, Microsoft decided to open its first-ever outpost outside of the U.S. that wasn’t based on an acquisition.
When asked whether he thinks teaching is fun, Nathan responded that “fun is reserved for ski vacations,” but the validation from students that he is making a difference in their lives is very rewarding. “I am very glad I am doing this,” he said.
The 30 Minutes or Less podcast, which launched in 2017, is hosted by Navot Volk, a senior Israeli tech executive, and tech entrepreneur Aviv Frenkel. The two interview tech founders, investors, and other key members of the Israeli tech ecosystem.