4081 Middlefield Rd
Born during WWII in Spokane, Washington. Been in the San Francisco Bay Area most of my life (I LOVE this place!) and now live in Palo Alto. Public school in San Mateo. BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley. 5.5 years in the USAF as a commissioned officer, navigating B52s over Viet Nam. Married Donna in 1973. 4 years and bits and pieces of grad school at SFState, Cal State Hayward, Foothill College, and San Jose State University. I came to Stanford (to work) in 1981. We had a daughter, Lyra, in 1982.
Once a software developer, then a teacher, now a substitute teacher, private math tutor and handyman. I have been a stock clerk, a busboy, a dishwasher, a shoe salesman, a house cleaner, a data-entry person, a handyman, a gardener, a lab rat, a telemarketer, a tool salesperson, a tutor, a teacher, and a computer jockey. Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
Students - a Haiku
We think we have learned
I was a software developer/programmer/systems engineer for half of my working life.
Then I changed careers. Look at my rèsumè For three years I studied Secondary Education at San Jose State. I did student teaching at Gunn HS in Palo Alto. I did another semester at Homestead High in Cupertino. I was riding my bike to Gunn, but to Homestead I had to take the car. Bummer. After a small mixup about one class and a quickie on-line course through National University, I obtained my credential in September 2004.
18 January 2005 - I was offered a full-time teaching job at Sequoia High School in Redwood City. In June, that brief stint at Sequoia was over. It was both much harder, and more inspiring than I imagined. I then taught summer school at Carlmont (same district).
Aug 2005 - I got a job the last day before school! Not enough prep
time to actually do first day of classes (and I had a previous
appointment) but the next day started teaching full time in Junior
High math in a school in east San Jose -
Boeger. It was rough. I loved the kids but they were a
challenge. My biggest complaint was the 15 hr days
I put in. And weekends. And because of the long commute, I had an
expensive accident in rush hour one day. I HATE commuting. Then on 10
February 06, my classes were given to a new
teacher. In June my tenure as a regular teacher ended. The entire next
year I worked as a substitute teacher.
In 2007 I started again as a sub, still looking for a job - several interviews - then in November my "little sister" Elaine told me about an opening in Sacramento, so I applied, interviewed, and got the job at Hiram Johnson HS. A disaster! I ended up with an awful lot of kids who decided there was nothing they could do to pass the class by the time I got to them, and like all self-fulfilling prophecies...... I had 2 double classes (a class and a tutoring - all on the same subject) and one single class, all on Algebra 1. The single class was a failure - I had 2 pass from more than 30 to start (but many dropped out - some actually transferred out but most kept coming but did no math). And all year long kids would be dropped and new ones added and one or two I NEVER saw in class! Half the kids in my period 1-2 passed, a third of my 5-6 class. This last one was pure hell - even the best kids didn't really want to do math. But that year is over. Despite the lousy experience at Hiram Johnson, I somewhat enjoyed living with Elaine in Sacramento. But I enjoy more living in Palo Alto.
I think I have decided to semi-retire. Teaching full time is too much
like regularly shooting myself in the foot. And from the results of
2008, I no longer feel I am very good at this. Tutoring, sure.
Substituting, no problem. Now I just have to worry about money.
.I square dance and am learning to round dance (Foxtrot, currently). I joyfully share my life with my wife, Donna, and my daughter, Lyra, (right)
We have a big black cat to keep life interesting. I enjoy beer,
popcorn, chocolate, cookies of any kind, asparagus and just about
anything else (but now have to be careful of my blood sugar! By cutting
out almost ALL desserts, I lost 20 lbs!). I
collect stamps (if you see an interesting one, any
country, save it for me!). I listen to classical music, and rock and
newer stuff, too. I read Science Fiction and a lot of math &
science. I solve puzzles. I bicycle pretty much everywhere. In the spring I hunt wildflowers. I garden vegetables and flowers
and have taken a ton of gravel out of my yard in the process. I make
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