My 20 years of teaching experience have provided students with a hands on learning experience in the Physical Sciences. My content knowledge comes from my engineering education and career where I employed the basic concepts of physics and mathematics, followed by a teaching career in which students learned by doing. I make learning science enjoyable and rewarding.
I started out on my career path as an electrical engineer working for the National Science Foundation in Green Bank West Virginia designing, building and maintaining microwave receivers being used in Project OZMA, the search for extraterrestrial life. We didn't find any but in four years I learned a great deal more of physics, electronics, and astronomy. I left the greatest job I couldn't afford and found industry eager to have me join. Sanders Associates, now BAE Systems, provided the money I sought as well as a new and exciting challenge; design and build equipment that deceives the other guy's RADAR. I worked in the Defense Electronics Industry for another 16 years, and discovered that teaching was what I most enjoyed. I had been doing evening classes with Hawthorne College, Daniel Webster College teaching physics, astronomy, and electronics. Through Alternative 3, I obtained my NH Teacher's License and taught at Merrimack, Raymond, and Conval High Schools. I retired from Conval in 2003 and miss the classroom, students and the activity of causing learning.
Oh, yes my heroes? My high school physics teacher, a nun whose love of the physical sciences was contagious. I think of her regularly.
Next was Dr. Hyne Hvatum, scientist at The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank, West Virginia. He made it fun to solve problems and discover a bit more of the unknown.
During my time at MaCom, Inc. Dr. Paul Chorney became my mentor and friend. His credentials were in Electronics but his function was International Marketing. From Paul I learned to leave my comfort zone in searching for clues and data.
And as an educator, my hero still is Sister Frances Elizabeth, my physics teacher.
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