When I was a freshman in college, I told people that I part of why I wanted to major in physics was because I could work mostly by myself. Needless to say, freshman Mr. Ornstein did not have a good sense of the future. While I eventually found out that research wasn't for me, I also learned that the only thing more exciting than learning physics was helping someone else to learn physics. Even though I was nervous about the idea of working with a roomful of teenagers, I've found teaching to be one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.
I was born and raised in Indiana, in Indianapolis' northern suburb of Carmel. From there, I went to Grinnell College in Iowa, where I earned my Bachelor's in Physics. After a brief stint in physics graduate school in Omaha, I finally figured out I wanted to teach and made my way to Ohio. With the help of a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, I was able to obtain my licensure in Physics, Chemistry, and Integrated Mathematics at Ohio University.
I'm in my third year of teaching, both at West and overall. West has been a wonderful place to start my teaching career, especially with dedicated and talented students. This year I'm teaching Physics, AP Physics 1, Physical Science, Methods of Science, and co-teaching the Independent Study course. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful colleagues and talented students. Don't hesitate to contact me, even if it's just with a random physics question (I love those!).