Certification: Physical Science/Engineering/Math 8-12
Degree: BS Nuclear Engineering Technology (Thomas Edison State College).
Conference: 2nd Period 9:06-9:56 AM
Professional Experience: Prior to becoming an educator, I served aboard a fast attack submarine as a nuclear reactor operator. I qualified as Engineering Watch Supervisor and was appointed by the Pentagon as the Reactor Control Division Supervisor. I learned physics in the Naval Nuclear Power Program, first in navy classrooms then in operational nuclear plants. After leaving the navy, I became a nuclear equipment operator with Arkansas Nuclear One where I earned a commercial reactor operator’s license. I later earned a senior reactor operator’s license at Beaver Valley Nuclear Station near Pittsburgh, PA. I also qualified as a fire brigade commander, radiological worker, and advanced training instructor. Additionally, I earned a Six Sigma greenbelt designation from Caterpillar, Inc. for two projects that were estimated to add $2 million to Caterpillar’s profits while employed by Advanced Technology Services. I am in my 8th year as a Texas teacher. I have mostly taught secondary math and I have been both lead Algebra 1 and lead on-level Algebra 2 teacher.
Philosophy of Ed:
One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with students. Another personal goal is to challenge students academically and watch them grow. I strongly believe that all children are capable of learning, if they have the proper motivation and direction from their teachers. The impact of group work, when students help fellow students, changes each person and transforms the atmosphere of the class as a whole. In my classroom, I want students to have freedom that allows for expression and creativity. I also want to create a classroom that is a safe learning environment for all. If students do not feel safe in my classroom, whether it is emotionally, physically, or socially, their defense systems will go up and learning will greatly decrease, if not shut down all together. It is important to me that my students, as well as their parents, other teachers, administrators, and people in the community, see me as someone they can approach, who will be fair and nondiscriminatory.
Regarding Physics: The Modeling Method has been intentionally developed to correct many weaknesses of the lecture-demonstration method of instruction typically seen in STEM classrooms. These weaknesses include the fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world that students struggle to release. Current research shows that the Modeling Method teaches physics concepts better than the lecture-demonstration method. Refer to website for American Modeling Teachers Association for more information about this method.