Here at OLG we always start with a prayer. So here is one from St. Brendan the Navigator.
A bit about Mr. “E”…
Prior to becoming a teacher, I lived life on the wild side, working as a wildlife biologist for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. Even in remote wilderness the teaching bug found me however, and I took my first teaching position as a high school science teacher in 2000. A couple years later, my wife and I moved to the Seattle area where I taught Biology and Chemistry at O’Dea High School for 6 years. Throughout the past 17 years, I have worked to grow as an educator; teaching a wide range of students and developing curriculum for many unique hands-on courses, such as a zoology class which conducted field studies in cooperation with a local wildlife refuge and a “Science Explorations” class which explored science concepts in a shop setting. Throughout my years of teaching, I have developed a reputation for hands-on science and a contagious love of learning, but also a commitment to students who struggle. This led me to become an academic resource teacher at Eastside Catholic and for a cognitive learning center in Redmond for the past few years.
I live in the hills preceding the Carnation Valley with my wife, Jeanine, whom I met and married while in college. We were recently adopted by “Missy”, a clever young Miniature Australian Shepherd whose job is to keep us on our toes. We also share our home with “Darwin”, an elderly tabby cat with green eyes who likes to have his tummy rubbed. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and pooch, fishing (or attempting to), hiking, reading and gardening.
We use the Next Generation Science Standards here at OLG. The Next Generation guidelines are very good because they allow science teachers to take their time and go more in-depth into the most important core areas for each subject. This means more time for such things as research papers and engaging hands-on projects and labs.