I am a highly successful high school physics and earth science teacher and tutor since 1996. I have been certified to teach physics and earth science/geosciences in three states including California. Courses that I have taught include Conceptual Physics, General Physics, Honors Physics, Advanced Placement Physics (both Calculus and non-Calculus based), Advanced Topics in Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science/Geoscience, Meteorology, Oceanography, Algebra Readiness, Algebra I, Algebra II and Pre... [more]
Presenter at the "Physics in and Through Cosmology" seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, CA (2016, 2017)
Amateur astronomer for 40+ years; Graduate of NASA Educators Workshop (Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Island Flight Facility) and Space Academy for Educators (Huntsville Space Center); Participant in the NESTA Southwest Astronomy Exploration Tour for Teachers; Class field trips to Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (DC), Goddard Space Flight Center(MD), Chabot Space & Science Center (CA), Tech Museum (CA) & I-Fly (CA)
Teaching experience ranges from 7th-12th grade as well as college-level
Earth Science teacher since 1996; Participant in the BAESI San Andreas Investigatory Tour for Educators
My undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree is in Mechanical Engineering, which I received in December, 1983, from The Pennsylvania State University. (I can provide a copy of my diploma upon request.) I also passed my EIT exam certification prior to graduating from college (which I also can provide a copy of upon request). After graduating from college, I worked for an engineering consulting firm for four years as a mechanical engineer performing load calculations, computer simulations and other engineering duties as required.
My graduate level Master of Education degree is in Secondary Education, which I received in May, 1996, from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Prior to earning my Master's degree, I was a Public Health major and earned 33 graduate credits in health and nutrition. (I can provide a copy of my diploma/transcript upon request.) I also passed my Public Health Comprehensive Exams prior to changing my major to Secondary Education. During and after graduating from graduate school, I served as an outreach volunteer for several non-profit organizations devoted to disease prevention through the promotion of health and nutrition education and outreach to the general public. In 2009, my work of designing a course to promote healthy diets among adolescents at the high school level was recognized and published in a nationally circulated publication. [Vegetarian Journal, Volume XXVIII, Number 1, 2009]