Biography

Together with my wife, Toni, and my son, Lucas, I enjoy gardening, beekeeping, camping, and fishing. I’m an avid birdwatcher and photographer. I enjoy sharing my passion for birds, the outdoors, and authentic science with all of my students.  

During the fall of 1994, my students and their parents constructed a bird feeding station across the creek behind the school. We have been collecting bird data there ever since! I believe that positive outdoor experiences, such as observing birds from the blind, foster a sense of caring and understanding for living things so rarely achieved within the confines of the classroom.  

I grew up in California where I graduated from Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. While attending Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington, I earned my teaching certification. I completed my M.S. degree at Aurora University in Illinois, and my B.S. degree through Lesley University in Massachusetts while studying with the Audubon Expedition Institute. In the summer of 2009 I began co-instructing the distance-learning course, “BirdSleuth: Supporting Student Inquiry” for teachers with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

My teaching duties include 6th through 10th grade science, biology, Bible, and photography classes. I also organize the annual science fair and 9th and 10th grade marine biology trip.

Click to see my BirdSleuth Ambassador story.


Employment

Science Teacher, Grades 6-10

Tualatin Valley Academy
21975 SW Baseline Road
Hillsboro, OR97123
(503) 649-5518 ex. 404
(503) 642-7654 (fax)


Education

Certification - Elementary Education (1993)
Endorsements: Elementary Grades, Biology,
Psychology, Junior Academy Religion
Walla Walla University, College Place, WA

M.S. - Leisure and Environmental Resources Administration (1990)
Concentration- Environmental Education and
Interpretive Services Administration
Aurora University, Aurora, IL

B.S. - Environmental Education (1987)
National Audubon Society Expedition Institute
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

High School Diploma (1981)
Rio Lindo Adventist Academy
Healdsburg, CA


Awards

Chair's Award (1991) The Institute for Earth Education
Yearbook Dedication (1997) Tualatin Valley Junior Academy
Don Keele Excellence in Education Award (1999) North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 
Who's Who Among America's Teachers (7th Edition 2002) 
Who's Who Among America's Teachers (9th Edition 2005)
Teacher Appreciation Award (2005) Hillsboro Optimist Club
Don Keele Excellence in Education Award (2006) North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 
Yearbook Dedication (2012) Tualatin Valley Academy





Presentation Resources

BirdSleuth: Most Wanted Birds (PowerPoint)
Open your students' eyes to the birds all around them!  The Most Wanted Birds kit includes full-color focus cards, interactive computer-based bird ID quizzes, posters, and hands-on activities.  Your students will learn how to identify the birds in your schoolyard and to report their bird sightings on eBird!

Related Resources:
Student Paintings Featured at Cornell Gallery

Related Links:
All About Birds
Bird Blind & Feeding Station
BirdSleuth
Inside Birding Videos
Mr. Kahler's Bird Page

BirdSleuth: Investigating Evidence (PowerPoint)
Need help with student inquiry?  Cornell Lab of Ornithology created this free online BirdSleuth module to help!  The module includes lesson plans, journal pages, and online resources that will help your students ask scientific questions, craft and test hypotheses, collect and organize data, draw meaningful conclusions, and publish their work.

Related Resources:
A Science Program with Wings Connect Vol.15 No.1, September/October, 2001 
BirdSleuth Inspires Student Inquiry Connect Vol.23 No.2, November/December, 2009 

Related Links:
BirdSleuth
Bird Blind & Feeding Station
eBird
Mr. Kahler's Bird Page
Student Reports

BirdSleuth: Authentic Scientific Inquiry Using Online Wikispaces (PowerPoint)
Online collaborative working groups enable students to become more engaged in scientific experimentation.  Middle school students in Florida and Oregon teamed up to present and review their bird research projects using a wikispace.  Learn how free online technology such as the BirdSleuth program and wikispaces can benefit your students.

Related Resources:
Cross-Country Collaborators Birdscope Volume 24, Autumn 2010 

Related Links:
BirdSleuth
eBird
Mr. Kahler's Bird Page
PBWorks
Student Reports
Wikispaces

Classroom Beekeeping (PowerPoint)
Add excitement to your classroom by opening a window to the hidden world of the honeybee.  Observation beehives allow students to observe the industrious work and life cycle of the honeybee.  Discover the passion and commitment needed to make your classroom beekeeping project a success.

Related Resources:
Classroom Beekeeping Connect Vol.23 No.4, March/April 2010

Related Links:
Bees
Beekeeping
Observation Hive