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IT Instructors

Tony Lyons


Tony Lyons is an IT Instructor who teaches our CompTIA and Microsoft classes. He has been in the IT industry as a working professional for 25 years. Before ICOHS, Tony worked as a computer systems engineer. What made him initially interested in Information Technology and Holistic Health is the high pay it offers when you become certified. What he enjoys about San Diego the most is the weather, culture and night life. Other than IT, his personal interests are chess, reading non-fiction books, and Tai Chi.

Ben Mead

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Ben Mead joined ICOHS in 2020 supporting and providing structure in transitioning classroom-based IT and cybersecurity courses to primarily remote learning. Ben believes that in developing others in IT and InfoSec to realize their potential this will improve our community, the IT industry and make a safer internet. Ben came onboard during the difficult COVID shutdown, when all of the courses were thrown online. Ben consistently receives rave reviews from students who are thrilled with Ben’s “hands-on” approach while working online.

Ben teaches multiple technology courses including Certified Ethical Hacking and Windows Server to prepare students to take the CompTIA and Microsoft certification exams. Ben has over 18 years of progressive professional engineering and IT leadership experience in the healthcare, biosciences, finance and government industries.

Ben holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems Security. Ben holds certifications such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with (ISC)², ITIL, Microsoft and more. He is passionate about cybersecurity and technology. He is an active member of InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. He is also a coach, mentor, and judge for FIRST robotics focusing on developing STEM skills in children through hands-on challenges.

Hayder Saeed

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Hayder teaches a variety of IT courses from the fundamentals to the advanced in ICOHS College’s IT Certification Program. Previously Hayder worked in different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, in a wide range of IT specialties.

We asked Hayder why he chose Information Technology:

Information technology is what made you capable of reading this line right now, it is not only the webpage that you’re looking at, or the device that you are using to access it, it’s all the sophisticated details in between that is happening behind the scene, that we do simplify it here in ICOHS in a way that someone wouldn’t think it’s possible.

Hayder loves teaching at ICOHS College because our students are committed, ambitious, and they always have extra room for extra information. What I like most about our students is that they go the extra mile!

Hayder enjoys living in San Diego because of the sun shining every morning with a bit of cold breeze and the smell of the wet trees that are combined with the chilly weather coming out from our beloved ocean.

Fun facts about Hayder?

Hayder is a car enthusiast and a tennis player.

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