Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
Creative, energetic, and organized are three adjectives that best describe my teaching method. As a teacher, it is my goal to reach all of my students by engaging them in as many different learning experiences as possible. My current online teaching position has given me the skills necessary to fully implement 21st century technology in my classroom. I utilize blogs, wikis, social media, Twitter and other web 2.0 applications on a daily basis. I have taught a variety of English classes throughout my teaching career including: 7th grade reading, high school reading, 9th grade literature, 10th grade literature, American literature, world literature, advanced world literature, publications, speech, composition and research, and college composition. I also have had the opportunity to author curriculum for several successful online classes including: Native American Literature, English 12, and Media & Society. Teaching and creating such a large variety of classes has given me a very extensive knowledge base and has taught me to be extremely open-minded and flexible when working with students at different levels. My passion lies in instructional design & technology. I love analyzing, developing, designing, implementing, and evaluating new curriculum. I am fully trained in using a variety of learning management systems including: Moodle, Blackboard, and eclassroom. I have created and taught successful classes from the ground up. Specialties Online course design, Moodle, Blackboard, Google Apps for educators, web 2.0 tools, technology in education, online collaboration, 21st century technology, online teaching, instructional design.