Do I look smarter?
(if I add a few words each day, eventually this will be finished)
I started out as a child. Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up with a hockey stick in my hand. It was cold. I received many stitches.
At age 15 we moved to California - where I was amazed at how the ocean was cold and really salty. Very disappointing.
After a couple of years at CSU Sonoma, I moved back to Minneapolis and went to work in the Elevator Industry. I learned all aspects of the industry: manufacturing, installation, service, repairs and even ran service/repair operations for a couple of years. I even wore a tie!
During this time I took classes in welding, electric motors/generators, and supervision/management. Since it seemed that I was destined to be an engineer, I began taking math classes: advanced algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, analytical geometry (pre calculus) and two quarters of calculus at the University of Minnesota. A class in engineering physics convinced me to reevaluate my career choice.
Luckily for me and the engineering profession, math and I came to an agreement. I don't like it and it doesn't like me.
(note to students: I have used the math, science,and English education I received every day I worked in the private sector! ...particularly math.)
After 14 years of good money and freezing cold, I decided to get serious and complete my degree. And to find a different way to make a living. And back to California I went.....
Sac State, where I studied History, provided an excellent undergrad program and National University the teaching credential. The most difficult part was taking a sixty percent pay cut when I took my first teaching job.