My name is Clayton Schanilec. I have focused on three different careers in my life so far. First I owned and operated a graphics business that specialized in prepping fiction and poetry manuscripts for small press publications. Then the travel bug bit me and I spent 8 years traversing the globe, performing as a traditional step-dancer. Family life beckoned, so I settled into a high school English teaching career that began in 1997 and continues today.
Throughout it all I have always been a writer. Trained at the University of Iowa's undergraduate Fiction Writer's Workshop, I honed my craft. I published several short stories but am still awaiting that big break with a novel. Most of my publishing has been with newspaper feature stories in the Twin Cities where I reside. I still consider it a priority to spend at least an hour first thing in the morning working on my fiction.
I am a single dad enjoying the presence of my two daughters half of the time: Eleanor, 13, and Emily, 8. They are bright lights in my life. I have mostly traded in the tap shoes for the fiddle and play often on weekends with my band, Poor Benny.
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.
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I work with English as a Second Language students at Normandale Community College in MN. I think reading and journaling are some of the best ways to become better writers. M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language, Hamline University B.A. English and French, College of Saint Benedict