Jim’s thirty years of teaching experience makes it unlikely that any type of teaching accommodation will be new or challenging to him. He is skilled at meeting the needs of students at every academic level. He attended several schools, notably Florida Institute of Technology, UCLA, and Cal State Northridge where he earned multiple science degrees. He also obtained a California State Teacher’s Credential for both Life Sciences and Physical Sciences from California State, Northridge.
Jim worked briefly for NASA while attending college at Florida Institute of Technology. He later worked as an aerospace engineer at Rocketdyne and North American Rockwell. Jim had a mid-life career change and worked as a teacher in the LAUSD, teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. He also worked as a Dean of Students at Los Angeles High School. Jim has been a volunteer for several years in the HIPP program, coordinating with LAUSD to prepare under-privileged and under-represented High School Students for SAT and AP exams. He has also been a nationally recognized Academic Decathlon coach for these same students.
Jim is an avid photographer and pursues his hobby at a professional level. His works have been published and displayed at galleries and he is well known in the local surfing community for his specialty, which is surf photography. Jim was in the astronaut training program but was rejected because of deteriorating eyesight. At the time, perfect 20-20 vision was a requirement.