I have experienced an interesting variety of activities. Such variety allows for a broader base from which to try to create interest and success in many subjects. The following are some of the highlights. I've been teaching and coaching since 1963, including Independent Study (all subjects) for several years. For two years I lived and taught (plus principal) in a south Pacific lagoon. There I SCUBA-dived with sharks while investigating sunken ships. I play trombone and euphonium in several concert bands. I sing (plus assistant director) in the Fresno-based Retired Teachers Association Chorus. During my 20 years of coaching at Fresno State I produced a national champion hurdler. I owned/operated a sandwich shop and an 80-acre raisin farm. I flew (commercial pilot license) an 85-horsepower plane from here across Canada and much of Alaska after having flown daily to Woodlake to teach. I rebuilt a plane (it took 3 years) that had gone down in the Sierras, including building(kit)a 720-channel navigation/communication radio - that worked! I'm in the process of rebuilding a 1924 Ford Model TT (truck). I was the area coordinator for MENSA (international high IQ society). I ran hurdles for 43 years during which I held several national and world records. I was inducted into an athletic hall of fame, awarded the "Distinguished Service to the Community" award by the local Chamber of Commerce, and honored as the "Alumnus of the Year" by the local high school. My wife and I have visited all 50 states. I really enjoy solving puzzles, including finding ways to get students to master various subjects. We surely can find common interests to discuss during lessons.
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