Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
I was born in Michigan, but raised in California and Florida, where I
graduated from high school. I attended Michigan State University from 1978
until 1980. While in high school and college I participated in marching
I served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints where I learned how to speak French. I attended Brigham Young
University where I was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with
minors in History and Physical Education. It was at BYU that I decided to
become a teacher. I also have done some coaching since I was at BYU. I
coached the diving team at Provo High School in Provo, Utah for the 4 years
I attended BYU and have coached various sports while in this district. In
2004, I received my Master's Degree in Integrating Technology in the Classroom from Walden University.
I have taught in the Moreno Valley Unified School District for my entire
career and have taught at both the middle school and high school levels. I
have taught French, Drama, Physical Education, Language Arts, and Social
I have many outside interests, but my main interests outside of school are
my family and my church (where I spend most of my outside time between the two activities) in addition to participating in community
theater. I have also been involved in officiating basketball and baseball/softball since 1987 at levels ranging from youth to varsity high school in basketball.
My wife and I have been married since 1985 and we have 3 children, 2 boys
and 1 girl.
My mission is to empower my students with life skills so that they
can contribute to society in a meaningful way. I will help them to
strive to be active learners throughout their lives. I will help
students to learn that the self-discipline, responsibility, and good
citizenship needed in class will be the same skills that they will
need in life. I will treat them with respect and understanding in
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.