Polytechnic High School
Long Beach, CA
I've been a biologist for about 15 years but a high school teacher for only five. My M.S. was on the loss of body armor in stickleback fishes from isolated lake populations. I've also done research on the genetics of aging in fruit flies, and the evolution of dioecy in an endangered Hawaiian plant. Long ago I worked with a wildlife biologist banding bald eagles in Eastern Canada. Long Beach "Poly" is an urban school with over 4000 students. The Science Department alone has 20 teachers! We have lots of technology-a Mac Lab, videocameras, TV/VCR/LD, Internet, you name it. My spare time is spent feeding the critters in my classroom and keeping the technology working.