posted Sep 25, 2011, 10:06 PM by Lee Ollar   [ updated May 1, 2015, 4:56 PM ]

What we don’t know, we can learn about. What we do know, we can teach to others. Everybody learns differently. Simply speaking, in order to know about something, you need to learn about it. If you don’t learn about it, how would you know about it, or for that matter even know that you don’t know anything about it?

As educators it is our responsibility to teach our students about things. The more things that we teach them about in a manner that excites them to learn and incorporate the information into their own lives and routines, the more effective and quite simply better, that we are doing our jobs.

I am a science teacher who knows how under prepared our students are when it comes to science and technology. I used to be a media teacher who saw how much of an impact teaching science through engaging, interactive technology and multimedia has on students.

I have a degree in social science with concentrations in geography, history and political science. I have a general science credential, an industrial technology credential, a social science credential, a geo science credential, a multiple subject credential, and I am working on a masters degree in education. I have taught many different subjects including physical science, earth science, k-6 library media, 5th grade, mathematics, language arts, world history and government. As a facilitator for S.C.O.E. & E.T.C., I develop and teach professional development opportunities that include Google Apps for Education classes and in the summer, I develop and teach youth science and robotics camps.  

I am the father of three, all of which are presently in our public school system. My wife is a teacher who comes from a family of teachers, whose many friends are teachers. Many of my friends are teachers and I am proud to consider myself part of the that community. Yet I am relatively new to education, and I have come to this field under the ideals of doing my part and making a difference.

Besides my teaching and educational experience I have many years of professional and life experiences that have also helped to contribute to my development and growth. Some of those experiences include working directly with brand managers from Pepsi to help organize and execute large national events such as the X-Games, and the implementation and management of national programs at the grassroots level throughout the United States.

I have been able to utilize my background in economics and accounting to attain over fifteen years of experience and knowledge regarding finance and lending, and for many years I have worked as a loan officer and office manager. As a consultant I have helped to open and operate local businesses, and when I returned later in life to earn my college degree, I managed a local restaurant and pub. I have been fortunate enough to have lived and worked in incredibly amazing places such as the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Breckenridge, CO., and my greatest personal accomplishment is that I completed a 2800 mile bicycle trip from Calgary Canada to San Luis Obispo, CA in thirty three days.