I graduated from Chico High School in 1981. I then attended Butte Community College until 1982. In 1983, I enrolled at C.S.U., Chico and graduated in the Fall of 1986. In 1988, I was certified with a Single Subject Credential in Social Science from Chico.
In the Fall of 1989, I was hired at Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, CA. I currently teach IB History, US History and PV Online, a web page creation class. Over the years, I have taught Psychology, US History, Economics, Government, IB History, and World History.
Beginning in 1990, I participated in Project Icarus, a Problem Based Learning (PBL) project through the Butte County Office of Education. This lasted for three years and proved applicable to Social Science and English as well as Science.
California North State History/Social Science Project
American Memory Fellowship, from the Library of Congress
In the Summer of 1997 I was accepted, along with teammate Peter Milbury, as one of 25 teams of educators as American Memory Fellows, by the Library of Congress (LOC). Peter and I expanded and elaborated on the American West unit I had produced for the California History/Social Science project. For a week, we met and collaborated with some of the top teachers and librarians in the US in creating webpages for the Learning Page of the LOC.
Webpage Creation at PV
From 1996 I began working with webpage creation, running the PV website. As part of that experiment, I had my students begin creating multiple websites on history topics in the International Baccalaureate framework. Initially, these page were just for our students. However, we began to get e-mail from around the world regarding our site. Among those who have linked to our sites or have contacted us have been CSPAN, Hotwired, Atlantic Monthly, BBC producers of TV series (twice!) as well as Universities and High Schools in Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Bermuda and France.
Department Chair at Pleasant Valley High School
Since the winter of 1998, I have served as the Department Chairman for the Social Science department at PV