• 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 (19 years)
    Principles of Technology (1 year)
    Capstone (8 years)
    Earth & the Environment (5 years)
    Earth & Space Science 8th grade (3 years) 
    Science 8th grade (3 years)
    PLTW Aerospace Engineering (1 year) 
     
     
     
    Planetarium Director (16 years)
    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 (11 years)
     
    BotsIQ Co-advisor 
    (10 years)
    SWPA Teacher advisory committee (3 years)

     

    Greater Latrobe Education Association
    Building representative
    One of 5 from the Sr High (10 years)
    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: 13 June 2017