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 6+ 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 34th 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, Sandra Brown, etc. If the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates, are playing I am normally listening to them via internet radio. I used to 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. Unfortunately, I have not been able to grow much in my garden because ot the summer heat.
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.
I was given the honor of being the Keynote speaker at the Pahrump Valley High School Graduation Ceremony in 2017. The following link documents the moment.
GRADUATION ADDRESS PVHS 2017