James’ Love for Science Brings His Classroom to Life

Posted on July 6th, 2011

Mountain View Academy | Central California Conference
A&P, biology, chemistry, honors chemistry, &  marine science

James has taught science at Mountain View Academy since he graduated from Pacific Union College (PUC) in 1972. His interest in science however dates back to when he was a boy; it was a shiny green and red beetle that ignited James’ love for nature and for sharing it with others. His childhood insect collection is now a part of his teaching today.

Enhancing each learning experience for students is James’ priority. He has helped develop PUC’s marine field station, where he leads more than 60 students on an annual four-day marine science trip. James instructs and sponsors students’ projects in county and state science fairs, and creates a classroom environment that is truly engaging to students. A curious, but intriguing example – his cheese-and-mushroom-tasting fungus lab – is only one of the many notable labs James uses to keep his students’ interest.

James raises between $2,500-4,000 for the science department each year, and he is working on a grant to purchase a dozen Apple iPads for use in the science lab to allow for real-time research projects. He even implemented a science research-mentoring program, which pairs students with professionals from the church community in fields of science.

With technology in hand, a unique teaching style to share and connections to a community of professionals, James integrates his resources into a classroom that comes to life.

“With enthusiasm and joy, I present my lessons to my students each day!” James said.

Award presentation was Sunday, May 29, 2011, at the Campbell Heritage Theatre.

AAF Board Member Arpad Soo presented the award to James.

Visit our Photo Gallery for more coverage of the award presentation.

See all 10 Phenomenal Teachers Awarded.

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