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Christopher P.

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M.A. Astrophysics at The Johns Hopkins University, 1999 B.A. Astronomy and Physics at University of Virginia, 1995


Christopher Elliot Pickens, Math and Science Instructor Johns Hopkins University, M.S. Astrophysics University of Virginia, B.A. Physics and Astronomy Email: Hello! I have over 15 years of full time teaching experience in private schools and have a M.S. in astrophysics from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in physics and astronomy from the University of Virginia. I have taught students of various abilities, levels and backgrounds – having successfully taught math as a volunteer teacher to middle school students, Conceptual Physics, Astronomy, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Physics and AP Physics to high school students, and university level physics and astrophysics to undergraduate and graduate students. I believe that a teacher’s mission to build the whole person in mind, body and character speaks directly to my personal and professional values. I strongly believe that preparation is key for success. It is important for students to strive for intellectual and mental discipline, develop strong leadership skills, and nurture their passions and talents. I want students’ success to empower them to follow their dreams and to seek answers in their minds and their hearts of what constitutes ethically and socially responsible solutions to life’s challenges. As a teacher, I offer the enthusiasm, energy, dedication and high standard of achievement that is required of all working members of its school community. I am very familiar with the standard of academic achievement found in independent high schools. As a person and role model for students, I am open-minded, value diversity of thought and culture, work well in a group setting and exhibit empathy and respectful towards others – all of which supports building mind and character. For your convenience, this cover statement comes with three addition brief sections: (1) a list of my qualifications, (2) my teaching philosophy, and (3) address/phone contact information and websites of my previous employers. My resume accompanies this letter. Please contact me via email if you believe I can be a productive member of your institution. In any case, I wish you my deepest wishes of success in your mission to tutor students. Thank you for your time and have an excellent day! Cheers, Chris Pickens Christopher Elliot Pickens The Johns Hopkins University, 1999 M.S. Astrophysics University of Virginia, 1995 B.A. Physics and Astronomy Denbigh High School, Newport News, 1991 National Honor Society, Advanced High School Diploma Summary of experience and qualifications High School Teacher: Over ten years of physical science, physics, Pre-Calculus, Algebra I and II, AP Calculus, and Astronomy teaching experience in private/independent high schools. High School Courses taught: AP Physics (11th and 12th grade) AP Calculus(11th and 12th grade), Conceptual Physics (9th and 10th grade), Honors Level Physics(11th and 12th grade), Algebra I (9th grade), Astronomy (11th and 12th grade). Hubble Space Telescope Astronomer: Competent, scientific researcher, published in scientific journals, based on work at Space Telescope Science Institute (home of the Hubble Space Telescope). Middle School Teacher: Total of 7 years as 6-8th grade science and math teacher Middle School Courses taught: 7th grade science (biology), 8th grade science (physical sciences), 6 – 8th grade algebra Other Characteristics: Authoritative knowledge of physical, earth and space sciences with specialized mastery of professional level physics, astronomy, and modern astrophysics. Strong technical command of the English language. Strong course planning and execution skills. Command of modern curricular requirements for scientific inquiry and investigation in the classroom. Continuous self- evaluation of professional development in core teaching skills, curriculum planning, assessments. Up-to-date pedagogical practices of science teaching in the classroom. Execution of a wide variety of teaching methods favorable for diverse student backgrounds and learning styles. Passionate and dynamic public speaker, skilled in explaining technical material to general audiences Teaching Philosophy Teaching was always my passion, and its calling has been a significant part of my life. During most of my college years, preparing to become a professional astrophysicist, I taught students of various grade levels and courses – from 6th grade mathematics to college undergraduate physics and astrophysics. After graduation, I spend nearly a decade teaching high school physics and astronomy. I believe in the promise and potential of every student, and acknowledge that each student possesses a unique set of skills, talents and sensibilities which reflect their history, interests and their level of intellectual development. As an educator, I focus on teaching the essential physical concepts with an appreciation for the spectrum of learning styles students possess. Much of my lesson preparation involves the construction of a wide variety of learning exercises to ensure the maximum opportunities for student success. The more ways I can find for students to engage the material the more likely they will find the road they can travel towards success. In that way, I appreciate diversity of background, thought and interest in my classroom. I also value active, hand-on/experiential learning through lab activities that simulate the scientific method as practiced by real scientists. I utilize a variety of teaching modes that is a healthy balance between lecture and lab activities. I emphasize both rigorous scientific content and scientific skills (such as reading graphs, taking measurements and designing controlled experiments). I maintain high standards in sync with the National Science Education and Teaching Standards (NSTA), and the AP College Board Standards (for AP Physics and AP Calculus) I encourage students to take a leadership role in their investigations in the classroom. It is important to me to generate an atmosphere of trust and professionalism in the classroom so that students feel comfortable on their own and in a group setting. To model collaboration, I expect all students to contribute their ideas to classroom discussions and problem solving activities. I believe that every student can achieve great things in the classroom through the dedication and hard work of both the teacher and the student. I thrive in an environment in which a teacher is part of team of other educators. I feel that my development as a teacher is an on-going process, where I continue to revise and critically examine my daily lesson plans, my teaching style, and my overall effectiveness as an assessor of student work. I work hard to create clear presentations of the material for students, create clear goals on a day by day basis. I value the input of other teachers – especially when I struggle. I found the experience of other teachers very helpful to my growth. It is important for my development that I receive input from students, teachers and administrators on how I do. I am deeply committed to the experience of my students. I bring a lot of energy and passion when engaging in the subjects that I have treasure for years. I have a talent to explain very complex ideas in a way that is accessible without losing rigor or content. I love the task of SHOWING (as opposed to telling) students how science works through demonstrations, lab activities and rigorous scientific analysis. I enjoy watching students learn physics and gain confidence. I believe in the notion that the path to success for students also demands MY hard work and MY encouragement. It is my hope that I continue to illustrate to students the amazing picture that physics paints of our world. Physics teaches mental discipline and inspires confidence. Physics gives students a skill-set applicable in many careers and in life situations. I want my students to gain a greater perspective of who they are and what they can achieve. It is my hope that when students graduate from high school that they become informed, scientifically literate citizens, able to understand the implications of discoveries and breakthroughs they read in the newspaper, or on-line. I hope to help students become intellectually mature and socially responsible citizens, and to see value in becoming part of a purpose greater than themselves. I hope to instill values that help them to make informed and morally responsible judgments on how to use science and technology for the good of our society and our planet, now and for the future. I hope to instill values that emphasize good will and success through hard work, patience and an openness and courage to explore new ideas and new possibilities. Thank you for your time! Chris Pickens Last Employer: Denver Jewish Day School, Upper School Division 2450 S. Wabash Street Denver, CO 80231 (303)-369-0663 Contacts/Addresses of Past Employment Community College of Denver Center for Math and Science Campus Box 800 P.O. Box 173363 Denver, CO 80217-3363 Science Building 1006J Woodside International School 1555 Irving Street San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 564-1063 Supervisors: Lina Linberg, Science Teacher/Student Counselor Email: Ariel Edwards, Director of Programs Email: John Edwards, Head of School Email: Marin Academy Crossroads/AIM HIGH PRGRAM Marin Academy 1600 Mission Avenue  San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 453-4550 7th and 8th grade science teacher (2010,2011 Summer Program) Ask for the office number of my supervisor, Lauren Toker Newport News Public Schools AVID tutoring program (part-time tutor) Math/Science Tutor, Middle School Programs Supervisor: Gayle Phillips Human Resources/Todd Stadium Phone: 757-591-7406 Saint Mary’s College High School Principal: Peter Imperial 1294 Albina Avenue, Peralta Park, Berkeley, CA 94706 (510) – 526 – 9242 San Francisco University High School Head of School: Mike Diamonti 3065 Jackson Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (415) – 447 -3100 The Park School of Baltimore K-12 Independent School Head of Park School: Dr. David Jackson Associate Head of the Park School: Louise Mehta Old Court Road P.O. Box 8200 Brooklandville, MD 21022 (410) – 339-7070


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I read science fiction and write science fiction. I am working on a film on the Universe for my classes. I also an working on a screenplay for a science fiction movie.

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