I am in my nineteenth year of teaching physics, and I’ve been very fortunate to teach at Avon Lake High School for my entire career. The dedication of our students, their parents, and the community to maximizing student growth and achievement is incredibly inspiring to me. Our administration, faculty, and staff have such a high level of professionalism that I always feel excited about pushing myself to be the best teacher I can be for my students. I love finding new ways to help my students grow both in their understanding of physics and in their abilities to communicate, collaborate, and navigate in a 21st Century technological, academic, and professional world. My favorite ways to do this involve using technology such as screencasting (video podcasting), “flipping the classroom,” use of ActivBoard technology, use of PASCO scientific technology, and use of Google Docs and Skype for academic/professional purposes. I believe that all of my students are individuals with special talents and strengths that they can develop and be proud of. I love my job for many reasons, most of all because I get great joy from seeing each of my students grow and feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in her or his own abilities.