I am currently a Graduate Student at NMSU. I am working towards both my MA in Sociology and my certificate in Online Teaching. I plan on graduating in May of 2012 and working towards my PhD beginning in the fall of 2012. So, for now I am only a student and not yet a teacher. I have never taught a course and I have not taken any education related courses so this has made it a welcomed challenge to take on the certifcation process to teach others while I am still a student. I think that this gives me a better perspective of what the online student expereince is like.
I am also a single parent to 4 children and I have devoted the last few years of my life to my family and my education. Joing a social network like this is a great way fo me to expand my network of educational professionals. As an online student it is difficult to network with fellow studens and I see this site as a great way to create one.
I grew up in the Army so I have always had an appreciation for learning from others and the importance of networking.
I look forward to learning from some of you- and hopefully, I can also provide insight or knowledge to others here.
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.