Academics • Arts • Athletics

Education
High School:
"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. " Diogenes Laertius

Undergrad:
Grove City (1 year)
"If I ran a school, I'd give the average grade to the ones who gave me all the right answers, for being good parrots. I'd give the top grades to those who made a lot of mistakes and told me about them, and then told me what they learned from them." Buckminster Fuller
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle
California University of PA (2 years & a BS in Education)
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

Post Grad:
Various places:
 
"Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind." Leonardo da Vinci

Professional
GLSHS:
Teacher
Astronomy (19th year)
Principles of Technology (1 year)
Capstone (8 years)
Earth & the Environment (5 years)
Earth & Space Science 8th grade (3 years) 
Science 8th grade (3rd year)
PLTW Aerospace Engineering (1st year) 
 
 
 
Planetarium Director (16th year)
Shows for grades 4 & 6, Jr High Earth/Space science, various other groups.
Lessons for use in Astronomy
Movie night for various clubs
 
Science Department Head/SH lead science teacher (11th year)
 
BotsIQ Co-advisor 
(10th year)
SWPA Teacher advisory committee (3 years)

 

Greater Latrobe Education Association
Building representative
One of 5 from the Sr High (10th year)
Delegate (7 years)
county meetings
region house
state house
Grievance Chairperson (4 years)
Negotiations team member (3 CBA's)
Vice President (3 years)
President 
(3 years)
 
 
Personal
Hiking
Grove run
Fish Run
Wolfs Rock
Beams Rock
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (portions of)
Mirror Lake-Tenaya Canyon Loop (twice)
    4.2 miles
    100 ft elevation gain
Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) from backpackers campground (twice)
    12.4 mile round trip
    2120 ft elevation gain
Clouds Rest from LYV
    11.6 mile round trip
    3806 ft elevation gain
Half Dome from LYV
    7 miles round trip
    2,722 ft elevation gain
Illouette Falls via Panorama Trail from LYV
    8.2 miles round trip
    approx. 1,400 ft total elevation gain
Yosemite Falls.
    7.2 miles round trip + ? miles of exploration
    2,630 ft elevation gain
Various Valley Floor explorations
Sunset to Berry Creek Falls to Skyline to Sea Trail Loop
    10.5 miles
    400 ft elevation gain
Crater Rim to Halema'uma'u
    9 mile round trip
    400ft elevation gain
    Hike through sulfur vents around and across Kilauea's volcanic caldera
Chain of Crater road ranger station to active lava flow
    3 miles each way
    Entire hike over "less than 5 year old" lava rock
    No marked trail after 1 mile
    Stand next to flowing lava on 1 day old rock
    Return trip in total darkness
Sliding Sands trail (also known as Keoneheehee trail) to Ka Luu o ka Oo cinder cone
    2.5 miles each way
    Descend into Haleakala crater for out of this world views
 Mount Nittany Trail (State College, PA)
  Blue and white trail     
     5 miles distance
      1200 ft total approximate elevation gains 
Sierra Negra Volcano Hike (Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador)
 Hike up to and partially around the worlds 2nd largest volcanic caldera
   Continue to the secondary volcano Chico 
   10 miles of hiking through various terrain/climate zones 
Pichincha volcano trail (portion of) Andes Mountains, Ecuador
From Quito teleferiqo towards the Pichincha volcano 
   Hiked 6 miles from 12,900 feet to 14,615 feet less than 24 hours after spending a week at sea level on the Galapagos Islands
    60% oxygen availability as compared to sea level 
    
 
Misc.
Loyalhanna Gorge; stream to valley rim (800 ft elevation gain)
Cheet Gorge; Cheet River to valley rim (1200ft elevation gain)
Costa Brava in Loret del Mar; Spain (various portions of)
Alpine Meadows surrounding Geneva, Switzerland

Countries visited
Canada
    Toronto & Niagra Falls
Bosnia-Herzegovina
    Coastal hiway
Bulgaria
    Nessebar
Croatia
    Dubrovnik, Neretva River Delta, Ston
Denmark
    Copenhagen
Ecuador
    Quito, Galapagos Islands
Estonia
    Talin
Finland
    Helsinki, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Keuruu, Porvoo, Utsjoki
France
    Biarritiz, Saint Jean de Luz, Paris, Versailles
Germany
    Berlin, Potsdam
Greece
    Corfu, Kotakalon, Ancient Olympia, Santorini, Athens, Meteora
Holy See (Vatican City)
    Museum, St. Peter's Basilica & Square
Honduras
    Roatan
Italy
    Rome, Civitavecchia, Messina, Sorrento
Malta
    Valletta
Mexico
    Cozumel
Norway
    Oslo, Tana Bru
Poland
    Gdansk
Romania
    Costanta
Russia
    St. Petersburg
Spain
    Madrid, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Burgos, Pamplona, Zaragoza, El Escoral, Toledo, Salamanca, Grenada, Sevilla, Cordoba, Lloret De Mar
Sweden
    Stockholm
Switzerland
    Geneva
Turkey
    Kusadasi, Ephesus, Istanbul
Ukraine
    Odessa, Yalta
 
Other Interests
Technology
Curiosity may have killed the cat but I'm still alive.
Music
From classical, movie scores and "new age" to metal and rock.
Minimal rap, jazz and country music.
Landscape photography (See photos page)
Woodworking
Misc.

Skydiving 
Spelunking at Laurel Caverns 
Zip lining across gullies on Maui, Hawaii
Zip lining across gullies on Roatan, Honduras
Snorkeling in Humana Bay on Oahu, Hawaii
Watched sunset from 13,990 ft at the summit of Mauna Kea
Watched sunrise from 9,990 ft at the summit of Haleakala
Watched moonrise from 7,214 ft at Glacier point
Hiked/climbed to the 8,842 ft summit of Half Dome
Hiked to the 9,926 ft summit of Clouds Rest
Viewed Rome from the cupola atop St. Peters Basillica, Vatican City
Hot air balloon ride at sunrise over Napa Valley, Ca
Viewed Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower, France
Viewed Berlin from atop the Reichstag, Germany
Snorkeled with sharks in the channel at Kicker rock, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador 

Road the TelefériQo in Quito Ecuador

Observed the northern lights from the frozen Tana river north of the Arctic circle

Sat in a 80°C (176°F) smoke sauna and then climbed into a 0°C (32°F lake) at Kuusijärvi

Dogsledding at Tana Husky in Norway

Sat approximately 15ft from Yo Yo Ma as he performed all six of J.S. Bach's unaccompanied cello suites, BWV 1007-1012, at Moravian College in November of 1998.

Watched/listened to Madama Butterfly (not my first choice in music) at the 1850 year old Odeon of Herodes Atticus amphitheater at the acropolis in Greece, with the Summer Triangle overhead, in the shadow of the Parthenon.


Updated: 06 August 2016
 
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