Curiosity and the delight of Nature led me to study science. The convictions that Nature is worth knowing, and that science benefits humanity, are what drive me to teach.
I began teaching science at Coalinga High School in 2000 and have taught the following course titles: Lab Biology 1, Chemistry, Physics, AP Biology, Earth Science, Integrated Science, and Physical Science. Currently, I teach Biology and Chemistry. I also serve as the Science Department Chairperson, work on the CHS Leadership Team. I have served at the county level as a presenter for the statewide rollouts of the Next Generation Science Standards. I have also developed and presented workshops for the annual California Science Education Conference.
- Teacher of the Year
Coalinga High School – June 2014
Named Coalinga High School’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-14
- 2013 Region VII Educator of the Year Finalist
California League of High Schools – November 2013
Selected as one of seven Educator of the Year finalists for Region VII of the California League of High Schools which encompasses Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare counties. Congratulations to Region VII winner, Paul Lake who went on to be named the overall CLHS California Educator of the Year!
I began my higher education at Cuesta Community College where I completed general education requirements and worked as a tutor, grader, and lab technician. I was especially inspired by my instructors Joe Brundage (chemistry), and Nancy Mann (biology). After transfer to Humboldt State University, I was invited by Dr. Jacob Varkey to do genetic research with a Howard Hughes fellowship and an HSU grant. In Dr. Varkey’s lab we worked to map and characterize the genes responsible for male-specific meiosis in the nematode C. elegans. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences with an emphasis in molecular biology from Humboldt State University. Also at HSU, I completed the year long credentialing program for teachers while student-teaching at McKinleyville High School. During this time, I received significant support and guidance from teacher/mentors Sheila Rocker-Heppe and Dr. Casey Lu. I received my California Single Subject Credential in Life Science in 1999 and later added a chemistry credential by CCET examination.
I am a deeply in love with my wife Rebecca and our three children, Clover, Leela, and Sage. I enjoy guitar, cooking, gardening, surfing, hiking/backpacking, camping, word games, my pets, fantasy football, teaching and learning.
“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.” ― Henri Poincaré