Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
After earning a degree in physics, I started down the path of education. I've taught high school science at various levels in a variety of places around the world: New Mexico, England, and here in Minnesota. Additionally, I've worked in various galleries at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
In addition to teaching, I'm an avid SciFi fan with Doctor Who ranking at the top. I also love dancing of any sort, but my specialty is tap dance. I practice archery, drawing, and cross stitch as well.
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.
I am a science teacher, currently teaching Physics 9 in Fridley, MN. I previously taught 7-12 sciences in a K-12 school in Orr, MN. I am interested in access and equity issues in education, Standards-Based Assessment and Grading, and the use of instructional technologies. I have assisted with professional development on a variety of topics, and have recently completed a summer fellowship with the Professional Development department at the Science Museum of Minnesota. I am a union leader and serve as an At-Large member of the educator labor union, Education Minnesota. "Everybody's a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid."
After teaching Physics, Chemistry and 9th Physical Science for 37 years (whew!!), I retired in the spring of 2011. I taught at Mt. Lake HS, a smaller school. In that environment, one must be creative and flexible, since you are the physical science dept. We also had one person who was the biological science dept. Even though I usually had four or five different preps each day, I really enjoyed the small school atmosphere. Teachers are able to build strong relationships with the students, and their parents. Our two daughters felt their educational experiences in a small HS was a real benefit as they continued on through their college careers. My parents were teachers. My wife is a special ed teacher. And now our oldest daughter is in her fifth year of teaching. (Must be in the genetics!) I play the guitar and bass guitar. During the summer you will find me in the garden or riding motorcycle. In the winter I will be in my wood shop, working on one sort of project or another.
Hello! Anthony here! I hold degrees in Education with a Specialization in Mathematics, as well as in German Studies, both from the University of Minnesota Duluth. I am licensed to teach mathematics in the state and Minnesota, and am currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning. My program is through Capella University. My educational experiences are varied. In addition to working in Duluth Public Schools, I have worked as a Tutor with the AVID program in the Saint Paul Public Schools, as well as a Math Teacher and Department Lead for LearningWorks at Blake, an enrichment program for middle schoolers in Minneapolis Public Schools. I began contracting for Sophia in October 2011, and have enjoyed every minute. I authored content for the Sophia Pathways, helped organize the taxonomy for the many different levels of math we have on the site, and reviewed many of the quiz items you see next to our math concepts. I have also authored some screencasts for our College Algebra Pathway. I'm currently working for Sophia as an Academic Support Coordinator for Sophia Pathways for College Credit. I help facilitate the production and review of the video tutorials that go into our SPCC courses. I get to use technology everyday to reach teachers and learners around the globe. Plus, I'm always exercising and learning new skills. Could it get any better?