About Me

I was born in 1970 in Fullerton, California and grew up in Irvine, California where I attended Sierra Vista Middle School and Irvine High School. I spent Grade 11 as an exchange student at Elsensee Gymnasium in QuickbornSchleswig-Holstein (Germany) and graduated with my class from Irvine High School in 1989.

In 1994, I earned a B.Sc. in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in German Literature from the University of California San Diego's Revelle College. I taught and administered outdoor marine biology and environmental science programmes for three years at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California before moving to Bellingham in 1998 to pursue a M.S. in Biology at Western Washington University. While attending WWU, I taught Biology labs and focused my career goal on science education for non-scientists.

But I missed working with inquisitive children, so I became a public school Science Instructor in 2001. I taught here, at Larrabee, at Columbia Elementary School, and at Shuksan Middle School where I taught Grade 8 Science from Fall 2003 until Fall of 2009. I work on curriculum development for children and in-service teachers as a Master Teacher with the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership at WWU.

My wife and I married in 2006 (she is also science teacher). We have a black cat and several fish in an aquarium (just the fish, that is; the cat wouldn't do so well in an aquarium). Our daughter, Émilie Marie, was born on my birthday in 2007 and we welcomed our son, Iain Lawrence, to the world in August of 2009.

I enjoy hiking, rollerblading, geocaching, computers and technology, and learning and teaching science.

Thanks for stopping by!