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Tualatin Valley Academy
Hillsboro, Oregon

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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.


Science Teacher, Grades 6-10

Tualatin Valley Academy

21975 SW Baseline Road
Hillsboro, OR  97123
(503) 649-5518 ex. 404
(503) 642-7654 (fax)

Past Projects

Lost Treasurestm Program 


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


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

Professional Memberships

The Institute for Earth Education

Adventist Science Educator's Association

National Science Teacher's Association


A Science Program with Wings

BirdSleuth Inspires Student Inquiry

Classroom Beekeeping

Flying Into Inquiry

Raising Stag Beetles in the Classroom: Odontolabis dalmanni intermedia

Student Paintings Featured at Cornell Gallery

Tualatin Students Explore Marine Habitats

PowerPoint Presentations

Presented August 6 - 8, 2012 at the NAD Teachers Convention in Nashville, TN.
BirdSleuth: Most Wanted Birds
BirdSleuth: Investigating Evidence
BirdSleuth: Authentic Scientific Inquiry Using Online Wikispaces
Classroom Beekeeping



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