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 8+ 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.


PVHS 2017 Graduation Speech

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


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