Waterville High School is committedto providing suitable academic challenges to all its young clientele.For the most capable scholars, academic challenge translates intothe Advanced Placement testing program whereby students are guidedby a college curriculum on their way toward mastery of each disciplineand college credit.
AP Physics B has been part of the intellectual fabric of thisschool since the 1980-81 school year. Even during my administratoryears (I was assistant principal 1981-85). I continued to teachthe class, learning more about physics and more about teachingalong the way. In recent years, class size has varied between18 - 24 scholars. In a typicacl year, about half the class willsit for the exam. (Of the others, some are not ready, some arematriculating at schools that do not recognize AP. I see no advantagein forcing these kids to sit for an exam from which they willderive no benefit)
The passions of my professional life are 1) teaching 2) physics,and the pupils I teach at Waterville HS. I have been able to connecton the first two of these as an AP consultant for the CollegeBoard.
I have delivered half-day workshops at Stonehill college, St Anselm'sCollege and Regis College. I have presented comprehensive, five-dayprograms at these places:
w/ Dr. James Dolan
w/ Dr. John Pribram
In November 1998, I made apresentation in AP physics to the convention of the European Councilof Independent Schools in Hamburg, Germany.
In September, 2003, I was awardedthe Siemans Award for commitment to the AP program.