KQED Teacher Ambassador Over the summer of 2018, I was named a KQED Teacher Ambassador, a tremendous honor. In that role, I will be supporting teachers and students locally, nationally and internationally with the help of the team at KQED/PBS. I will be periodically updating my involvement and practice, so stay tuned.
Distant Past I was born in Berkeley, so I’m a rare Bay Area native. I worked on Telegraph Avenue in the Sixties. I started my career as a muralist in Santa Barbara in the 70s, as well as working in custom designed textiles. In the 80's, I was the Associate Director of the UC Jazz Ensembles in the Eighties. As a result, I still play in the UC Jazz Alumni Big Band. I also illustrated the prototype curriculum for storytelling sponsored by the Zellerbach Foundation for the California State Department of Education, written by Catharine Farrell. I was the artist for the original Spellgrounds playing mats in the 90's initiating my passion for Magic the Gathering, a collectible card game. Watch the bulletin for announcements about the schedule for the MtG club at Del Mar; "I Duel at Del Mar". In the 2000's I began speaking at conferences, including ISTE, ComicCon, CUE and more. Topics ranged from Using Comics in the Curriculum, to Game Design in the classroom, with a whole lot in between. Please contact me for the next presenting opportunity. In the 20teens, I began my poetry career, having multiple poems published, particularly with the San Francisco publication, Poets11. Recently, I've worked closely in curriculum design with Common Sense Media and Zynga.
Sports I've played on the same softball team in Walnut Creek since the mid-1970's. My favorite team sport other than softball, is Ultimate Frisbee. I actively play fantasy online baseball, a fascination stemming from the first game I designed in the 60's. Look for a fantasy baseball club opportunity, in partnership with a middle-school in New York.
Teaching Experience I’ve been teaching since 1989 (although I really started teaching in 1966, when, as a 7th grader, I walked down to Gregory Gardens Elementary and taught math in Mr. Steskal's 6th grade class because he needed a cigarette break, and he hated teaching mathematics), almost all of that time as a technology teacher and curriculum integration specialist. I've been teaching at Del Mar for over a decade.
I have taught and designed online courses at San Francisco State University.
I present at numerous conferences: Conference material link Education • Bachelors Degree, English, UC Santa Barbara • Multi-subject credential, San Francisco State University • Masters Degree, Instructional Technology, San Francisco State • Always learning from my students, family, colleagues and the big, wide, wonderful and wacky world.
Classroom My office adjoins the former cyber_lounge, now Room 2, where I am most often found.
Classes I teach … stories, kindness, gratitude, art, design, multimedia, and current essence
Clubs I am the teacher sponsor for the Magic the Gathering club at Del Mar. We meet twice a week, at least, in Room 2 during lunch. I provide decks as needed. How to Play Magic
Colleagues I work closely with all teachers and staff, frequently assisting with technology implementation.