Grew up in Ponca City; youngest of five children; graduated high school in 1977. Went to O.U. from 1977 – 1982. Had six different declared majors until I finally ended up in Geophysics. I figured they got paid big bucks for exploding buried dynamite and playing with seismic wavelets on the computer. Met a beautiful, intelligent, and practical OSU redhead at Eskimo Joe’s in Stillwater in February of 1980. Finally got the nerve up to put my quarter in and play her in a game of PinBall.
Graduated from OU with a B.S. in Geophysics in 1982. Worked for Atlantic Richfield Oil Company in Dallas as an Exploration Geophysicist from 1982 – 1985. Made more money than I knew what to do with. Lived in a luxurious apartment, drove a top-of-the-line sports car, ate out at the finest restaurants, traveled all over North America, wore the finest clothes . . . but . . . something was missing. I felt unfulfilled in my job. I was on the verge of a promotion and had to make a career decision. Decided I didn’t want to stare at a computer screen and make even more millions for an already filthy rich oil company the rest of my life. Took an educational leave of absence from ARCO, married Jamie (my Eskimo Joes sweetheart), and moved back to Norman in 1985 to pursue a long time desire to teach science. Took one year of graduate school at OU to obtain my science teaching certificate and received my Science Education degree from OU in the Spring of 1986.
Cashed in my ARCO stock and finally cut the cord for good to the corporate world that summer and began full-time teaching Chemistry and GPS at NHS in fall 1986. Completed my Masters in Science Education at OU in 1993. I have taught GPS (4 years), Chemistry (12 years), Accelerated Chemistry (8 years), AP Chemistry II (4 years) , AP Chemistry III (1 year), Physics (21 years), AP Physics B (1 year), AP Physics C (14 years), Physics III Electromagnetism (6 years).
Jamie and I have two sons: Evan (27) is the general manager of a resort restaurant in Mission Bay, San Diego. Jacob (21) is a Senior majoring in Biological Engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. We have a miniature 16-year-old Red Piebald Dachshund named Pepper. I truly believe in what I do and am totally committed to growing and detailing out your view of the universe as much as possible in our short time together. I say short, but I remain in contact with many of my students for decades after they graduate. My doctor, my dentist, my real estate agent, and my financial guy were students!
I remain committed to the Four Agreements: 1.) I will strive to be impeccable in my word and continue to search for the elusive “truth”; 2.) I will take nothing said or done to me personally since the source always speaks through the fog of their own filtered idea of reality. 3.) I will assume nothing about a new student who walks into my classroom or an adult I meet. 4.) The fourth agreement allows me to realize that I will inevitably fall short of these first three agreements on a regular basis, but I will always try to remain self-aware enough to use them as instruments to keep digging deeper to uncover the cluttered up layers that bury the bedrock core of what makes me . . . me.
How’s that for a lifelong challenge?
Jacob, Evan, and Jamie Christmas 2017:
2018/2019 Class Schedule:
8:30AM: Door to the 807 opens. Come on in for coffee and a breakfast item.
1st Hour: Physics
2nd Hour: Physics
3rd Hour: Physics
help available at lunch
After School: Robotics
help available most days after school from 4:15 – 5:00PM
The best way to contact me is through my home email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your question can NOT wait, you can text me at 405-760-8425 (AFTER 4:15PM)