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I am a former Marine turned Catholic high school teacher, devoted to carrying out God's will in my daily life. I believe that it is my vocation to educate Catholics about their faith. I find that this is a beautiful time to be apart of this endeavor, as there is an organic resurgence of the quality of education within the Catholic school system growing. This movement is being carried out by many young Catholic men and women who graduate from colleges and universities that teach in conformity with the Magisterium, and then go on to educate young minds in Catholic schools. I am one of these young Catholic educators, schooled in Theology and Philosophy, who has devoted himself to the "Reform of the 'Reform". I, like so many others, see that a successful way to bring the the Church back to Her former prowess is to properly catechize the children. So much that is wrong in the Church today can be attributed to a lack of proper formation! I left the battle lines in the Marine Corps to join the faithful in their fight to bring Christ back to the world, one bright mind at a time.
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.