Who is Andy?

I hail from the great state of Washington and the historic town of La Conner. I was born on Pangaea and thus have had time to make many scientific observations. This is the source of the intellectual material I teach in my science classes.
My family consists of my wonderful parents, Jane and John and my incorrigible little brother, David. After leaving Pangaea and La Conner I traveled south with the sunshine to Occidental College in the neighborhood of Eagle Rock. After four years of pitching for the baseball team, studying economics, and learning my brains out I started working for Sylvan Learning Center.
After a laborious summer of tutoring I joined the PUC schools system at Community Charter Middle School. Following this stint as a physical scientist, I moved my eggs to the CALS Early College High basket. There I continued my quest for science literate students as a teacher of physical science, oceanography teacher, physics, and AP environmental science.  Outside of the sciences I dabbled as the hiking club mentor, head boys' varsity basketball coach, athletics teacher, and Mean Green Team advisor. 
All the while while teaching in Los Angeles I went to graduate school part time and earned my credential from California State Northridge (CSUN) in 2006, my MA in Science Education from CSUN in 2008, and finished my MS in Geosciences in 2010.
Now I find myself in the beautiful city of Boulder, CO.  My days take me to New Vista HS where I teach science and advise the Earth Task Force, our student environmental club. In my second year at NVHS I received the good news that I attained my National Board Certification.
Outside of my school work I love to exercise, read, or get outside to hike, bike, raft, paddle, swim, run, or climb.  Some of my all time favorite experiences were the road trip I took from San Diego to Denali National Park, an epic backpack through Buckskin Gulch, climbing the highest peak in the lower 48, and rafting the Pacuare river through the jungles of Costa Rica. Check out some of these experiences on my photo page.