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Life is so interesting - allways changing, usually surprising, and rarely boring. I hope that this year, and those in the future, will interest you, amaze you, and give you wonderment. Technological advances have given us the opportunity to witness changes as they occur and view new lifeforms as they are discovered or uncovered. I have found that teaching middle school students is much the same. It is fascinating, frustrating, and rewarding all at the same time ! A little about your teacher. I graduated from UCSD with a degree in Biology, followed by medical research work in that field, with a change to computers (again, used in the medical field), and currently teaching (science). I have 3 children, all graduated from college and working. Animals have always had a special place in my heart. Currently I own (should I say, they own me !) 2 cats, a leopard gecko, 3 aquariums with fish, a bearded dragon, a Mexican banded kingsnake. Some wildlife (unintentionally) such as: bunnies, raccoons, skunks, and opossums) seem to have adopted me. However the latter have found their way into my yard and helped themselves to fruits and vegetables that I thought I was growing for myself and family. I guess I had a few more dinner guests than originally planned! I have an interest in Astronomy and have been fortunate enough to have witnessed several launches, the MRO, the OCO, and the Atlas 5. Watching the ISS fly by on a regular basis is a hobby. I inform the students of the best dates and times to see this.
I love sports - both as an active participant and as a viewer. In high school and college I was on the swimming team. And yes, I even broke a finger playing football, and separated my ACL during beach volleyball. The human body is amazing.
Please use the links below for my syllabus, CA state standards, citizenship rubric, and other information about classwork.