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.
Terry McDanel, ESL teacher Terry.McDanel@mpls.k12.mn.us Terry McDanel teaches World and American Literature, Advanced Writing classes, Basic and Middle level ESL, and Content ESL for science and social studies. Mr. McDanel has studied both Chinese and Spanish. He has a degree in English Linguistics. He received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1980 with degrees in TEFL, English Linguistics, and English Language and Literature. He currently holds teaching certificates in both ESL K-12 and English Language and Literature. Mr. McDanel began his teaching career teaching computer science, robotics, math, English and many other subjects at Rocky Boy Tribal High School in Rocky Boy, Montana with the Cree people from 1983 to 1985. Those same taught data applications at Dull Knife Community College in the same town. From there he moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota to Red School House, a Native American K-12 school designed by the American Indian Movement (AIM) to teach computer science, robotics, electronics, math, and English from 1985 to 1989. In 1989 he joined Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) teaching ESL at Olson Elementary from 1990-95, then Olson Middle School from 1995-2005. Mr. McDanel was a MPS district mentor for new teachers during the 2005-06 school year. Terry McDanel arrived at Wellstone International High School in 2006 where he has taught a wide content including basic English, content English integrating social studies and science, American and World literature, and academic writing, all focusing English language instruction from 9th to 12th grade for high school students new to the United States.