Hello My Name Is...
Here's a little bit about me.
I teach freshman physical science and run the Astronomy Club at NKHS.
This is my second year at NKHS. Previously, I taught at Kingston Middle School where I taught 8th grade science and/or math. This is my 32nd year teaching.I am married to Leatha. We have two daughters:
Allison - A graduate of NKHS and of Western Washington University, she finished her master's degree at Colorado State University and is now on the faculty in the Ethnic Studies Department.
Julia - A graduate of KHS and University of Montana.
I graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley -- 1983 -- with majors in Botany & Ecology. I was in the Cal Band.
I won a Golden Acorn award in 1999.
I rode a bicycle across the USA twice. Have been to 46 states and 3 foreign countries.
I am a certified Master Observer (telescopes) by the Astronomical League.
I am a member of the Olympic Astronomical Society (www.olympicastronomicalsociety.org)
I build and operate large aperture Dobsonian telescopes which are available for public viewing.
I enjoy music, chess, bicycling & chocolate. I can play saxophone. I am a blood donor.
My favorite authors are Mark Twain, S.M. Stirling, and Sherman Alexie.
My favorite scientist is Gregor Mendel. William Herschel was pretty cool, too.
I had the honor of teaching Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day) 9th grade pre-algebra in the late '80s.
I will lead a telescope outreach program at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in the summer of 2017. That will be the 8th year that I have run the outreach program.
I have a website dedicated to my telescope activities. It is www.olympictelescope.com