I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Technology and Engineering at EAMS. I am also the Etown Engineering Club Adviser. Since you cannot get to the class information if you are not in my class in Schoology, you can email me if you would like any of the information or links that we used in class.Phone: 717-361-7525 ext. 31365In 2018, I was awarded the State Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association!!! (I'm the one in the picture wearing my 3D printed bow tie.) I was also in the lodge meeting in an episode of the Red Green TV show! In 2018, I took a team to the SeAL Competition and they came in 1st in the Air Challenge! In 2016, I took our National Champions F1 in Schools high school team to the World Finals in Texas. They came in 15th in the World Finals! In 2011, I took our National Champions F1 in Schools 7th grade team to the World Finals in Kuala Lampur, Malysia. They came in 16th in the World Finals!
Educational BackgroundI graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with an Associates Degree in General Studies. Then I graduated with honors from Millersville University with a Bachelor's of Science and Education degree in Industrial Arts/Technology Education. I have a Master's of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology from Philadelphia University. In addition, I also hold a Pennsylvania Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate. I started teaching at Solanco High School. Then I taught for five years at Methacton High School before coming to Elizabethtown Area Middle School in 2001.
In my spare time, I like to go camping, cheer for the Pittsburgh Penquins and carve. I am the president of the American National Cane Club.
My Motivation for Teaching
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
The Starfish Story
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. — Adapted from 'The Star Thrower' by Loren C. Eiseley
Stan Lee received your e-mail below.
Unfortunately, due to Stan’s extremely busy schedule he will not have time to contribute to your superhero/heroine project.
However, he did ask me to pass this along to you and your students. It is a letter composed by Stan himself about the importance of education and knowledge:
The most important power on Earth is something you can't see or hear or touch. Once you have this power you'll never lose it. No one can steal it from you. This power can make you the equal of anyone in the world. It can bring you happiness and make people respect you. Best of all, this power doesn't care if you're weak or strong, rich or poor, black or white. If you want it, it can be yours.
It's no secret. We all know its name. But sometimes we're too blind or too dumb to reach out for it, even though it's here for the taking. This power, the greatest power of all, is -- knowledge!
The more you know, the more you can accomplish. Whether you want to be a mechanic, a musician, a businessman, a scientist or an athlete, the more you know the better chance you'll have. By learning all you can, reading everything you can, you'll become as powerful as you were born to be! That's why the greatest advice I can give you is -- read! Study! Collect knowledge the way a miser collects money.
Never let yourself forget these three magic words -- knowledge is power!