Ed Insel teaches physical sciences and mathematics. He graduated as valedictorian from South Plainfield High School in New Jersey and went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Materials Science at MIT. After several years working in Silicon Valley’s semiconductor industry, he went back to school and completed an MBA at the University of Phoenix, then several years later an M.Ed. at Lehigh University. He holds teaching certificates in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Ed taught all levels of Physics and the Multimedia class for four years at Wilson Area High School in Pennsylvania. When his daughter finished 2nd grade, he and his wife began homeschooling her. For the next eight years he taught homeschool groups and individual high school and college students in many subjects. His high school students learned Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology at levels from Applied to AP. His college students learned Physics I, Physics II, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and Inorganic Chemistry.
In his free time, Ed enjoys taking his daughter to see action movies, and he actively invests and trades stocks, options, and foreign currencies. For a few years he enjoyed an annual 50-mile bicycle ride down the coast of Mexico from Rosarito Beach to Ensenada. Twenty five miles into the first ride he learned there was a 2,000-foot hill to climb. Each year he made it a little further up the hill but always ended up walking to the top. He finally surrendered, and after that it became a more leisurely ride with friends that included frequent stops along the way for fresh lobsters, carne asada, and fish tacos!
A little-known and barely-remembered factoid about Ed …. He played trombone in his high school’s marching band and got to perform on the field at Yankee Stadium before the 4th game of the 1976 World Series. Sadly, the Yankees lost that series in just four games to the Cincinnati Reds.