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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.
This is my 26th year in education. I supervise the Guidance, Mathematics, Science and Family and Consumer Science departments at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN. I am very proud to work at Eastview High School and within the world of education. I have the unique opportunity to work with students and families everyday. I have 10 years experience as the Athletics Director. Currently, my responsibilities will now shift to include work within the student services department while providing leadership for the scheduling and registration of students. Additionally, I work with our probationary teachers to enable their professional growth as they gain experience. I am also involved with our peer review team working with the continued growth of our veteran teachers specifically working on one of our initiatives to develop assessments to improve our students' learning. I have also worked with a non-profit vendor to develop a dynamic, live, integrated web-based information center for the Lake Conference so that our community has accurate "real-time" access to our athletic and building schedules.I began my teaching career in Mexico, Missouri at Mexico High School as a biology and physical science teacher. I also enjoyed coaching football and boys' track and field. I then took advantage of on opportunity to coach football at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. I coached two seasons for the Huskies before taking a position with Eagan High School in Eagan, Minnesota to teach biology and earth science while coaching football, baseball, and boys' track and field. Following my 4th year at Eagan, I began a new adventure at Eastview High School as an inaugural member of the staff. I earned my B.S.E. in Secondary Biology Education in 1988 from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. I then earned my M.S. degree in Athletic Administration from St. Cloud State University in 1997. I have also completed my K-12 Administrative Licensure and earned an Ed.S. Degree in Educational Administration through Saint Mary's University where I also teach in the Educational Administration licensure program. I am intrigued by the idea of this social network for teaching and learning and am excited to be piloting the use of the software with teachers at Eastview High School.