Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
My first teaching job was in a computer classroom. I was hired to teach the fifth grade students one day per week on computer applications in a Commodore 64 computer lab in 1994. After this I became a full-time teacher at a private school with additional duties as the computer coordinator for the site. After one year I had built the computer lab and instructional program including the after school programs for grades K-8, where I moved to a full-time teaching position in Orange County, California.
Even as new teacher I was a technology coordinator and edtech leader on my campus. By 1997 and 1998 I was the school and district website coordinator, Accelerated Reader coordinator and I was developing instructional support web pages for my classroom. While I was there I was awarded the role of Mentor teacher with a technology project. I applied for and received a team technology grant from the Orange County Department of Education.
As a part of my Master's degree in Educational Leadership at California State University, Fullerton I wrote a master's thesis entitled Internet Use Policy and Practice (2001). I concluded that without the availability of adequate professional development and support policies, instructional technology would not flourish. I found that teachers were using Internet resources and applications, but not as part of their instruction. Professional development was needed to help teachers use Internet resources in their classrooms.
Following five years as an assistant principal, I began to coordinate educational technology as a technology teacher on special assignment with Lynwood Unified School District. I coordinated many aspects of the instructional technology program. In the past three years I have collaborated with school and district administrators, teachers, staff, vendors, I.T. staff, local, state and federal agencies, various grant programs and universities. I have been instrumental in bringing the district's instructional technology to a strong position where it is having a positive effect on student achievement and is ready to move forward to support school reform in the secondary schools.
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.