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Pahrump Valley High School (9-12) Pahrump, NV
Subjects Taught
Chemistry Honors, Physics Honors

Bio

I am once again a high school science teacher at Pahrump Valley High School  in Pahrump, NV.  I am teaching Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, and AP Chemistry ... 10th - 12th graders.  Previously, I taught 23 years in the Hopewell Area School District  in western Pennsylvania and now 5+ years at Pahrump Valley High School in Pahrump, NV.  My family moved to SC in January 2011 at which time I taught AP Physics, Honors Physics, and IB Physics for 1.5 years at Myers Park High School  in Charlotte, NC.  My family returned to Pahrump in 2012 and I was fortunate to be able to continue my teaching career at PVHS. This is my 32nd year of teaching.

I am a graduate of Grove City College  in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.  When people hear that I am an engineer by degree I am always asked, "Why are you teaching?"  Well, the year I graduated, not one of my fellow Chemical Engineers got engineering jobs.  Many companies had hiring freezes at the time so I was forced to reexamine my career aspirations.  I found that I could return to school and pick up the required education classes and become a science teacher.  So, I spent some time at Slippery Rock University  and got my teaching certificates in Physics and Chemistry.  I really enjoy the classroom part of teaching.

I am married and have two daughters. Our family has a wonderful  dog that keeps us company.

I enjoy reading novels by the likes of David Baldaci, J.K. Rowling, Clive Cussler, Jack Higgins, etc.  If the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates, are playing I am normally listening to them via internet radio.  I have become a Nascar fan with Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson as my favorite drivers.  

I can also be found listening to my Black and Gold teams ... the Pittsburgh Penguins  , Pittsburgh Pirates , and the Pittsburgh Steelers .

I like to work on my computer and I thrive on bright sunshine. Of course, in the Pittsburgh area, it seems that sunshine was normally an imagined event - hence, one of the reasons we moved to Nevada.  Growing tomatoes and summer squash are a favorite past-time.  Cooking new dishes with them is also enjoyable and good therapy for me.

I am a Star Trek fan.  I have enjoyed each of the four STAR TREK shows and since they have all run their course I am no longer able to go where no man has gone before.

My PERSONAL TEACHING PHILOSOPHYcan be found by clicking on this link.

 

 

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

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