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About Me


     Summer 2008 in Chile. 

I have been teaching physics at SHCP for three years. I consider myself blessed to be working with such great colleagues and such amazing students. I think I always knew I would be a teacher, and this conviction grew during my graduate studies in physics. After graduating from Purdue University with a masters degree in physics, I lived in Mexico and taught physics at the ITESM campus Sonora Norte. I tried my hand at the world of business working for a couple of start-up companies, but realized my true calling was teaching. I am fortunate to be married to a full-time artist who likes to draw me playing the upright piano.

I also love  things Mac and Google, and spend lots of time combining my love of technology with that of teaching. 



Describing Myself

I actually built this page about  myself as part of a class I am taking on using Web-based tools in the classroom. One of the things they asked me to do was describe myself in three words. 

I would describe myself as loquacious, erudite, and curious.


Current Reading List

I read voraciously. Here's what I am working on right now:

 
 
 

Hobbies

My hobbies are varied and diverse.
I love to cook, play the piano, exploit the UNIX capabilities of my Mac. I'm currently learning Visual Python and Java as a way to try to bring programming into my physics classes and hopefully start an AP Computer Science class at SHCP.  I working on becoming fluent in Spanish. I ran my first half-marathon in November 2009, and I hope to complete the SF Marathon in 2011.

Teaching
I enjoy teaching more than anything in the world. It gives me an excuse to force my taste in movies onto people. To date however I have not yet managed to incorporate any of these clips into my lessons:

Happy Gilmore

Sports Science


 


Favorite Science Quote

"The value of science remains unsung by singers, so you are reduced to hearing -- not a song or a poem, but an evening lecture about it....
 
Perhaps one of the reasons is that you have to know how to read the music. For instance, the scientific analysis says, perhaps, something like this: "The radioactive phosphorus content of the cerebrum of the rat decreases to one-half in a period of two weeks." Now, what does that mean?
 
It means that the phosphorus that is in the brain of a rat (and also in mine, and yours) is not the same phosphorus as it was two weeks ago, but that all of the atoms that are in the brain are being replaced, and the ones that were there before have gone away.
 
So what is this mind, what are these atoms with consciousness? Last week's potatoes! That is what now can remember what was going on in my mind a year ago -- a mind that has long ago been replaced.
 
That is what it means when one discovers how long it takes for the atoms of the brain to be replaced by other atoms, to note that the thing that I call my individuality is only a pattern or dance. The atoms come into my brain, dance a dance, then go out; always new atoms but always doing the same dance, remembering what the dance was yesterday.”
 
Richard Feynman - 1965 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics