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     IRHS MrD
     About Mr. DesJarlais (a.k.a Mr. D)
    IRHS: Currently teaching Conceptual Physics, General Physics, PreAP Physics, AP Physics C Mechanics, and College Algebra. This is my 10th year teaching at IRHS (and my 29th year overall).
    Education:
    • B.S. Physics and Mathematics, University of Arizona.
    • Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Teaching Certification, University of Arizona.
    • M.A. Teaching and Teacher Education w/ Mathematics Emphasis, University of Arizona.
    • Educational Leadership Certification, Northern Arizona University.
    Prior Experience:
    • Ironwood Ridge High School (August 2011 - Present)
    • Amphitheater Middle School (August 2009 - May 2011)
    • Cross Middle School (August 2008 - May 2009)
    • Amphitheater Middle School (August 2007 - May 2008)
    • Amphitheater High School (August 1998 - May 2007)
    • La Cima Middle School (August 1992 - May 1998)
    Awards / Publications:
    • Co-authoried mathematics article with University of Arizona math professor, that was published in the British Mathematical Gazette (volume 89, number 515, July 2005) titled "A binomial identity, via derangements"
    Core Educational Beliefs
    • I believe in the individual uniquess of every student.
    • I believe every student CAN learn.
    • I believe it is my responsibility to provide an environment for students to engage in the process DOING science.
    • I believe learning requires active participation and not passive observation by ALL involved (teacher and students)
    • I believe every student has the responsibility to come to class READY, WILLING, and PREPARED to learn.
    Personal info:
    • I am a "native" Arizonan (born in Douglas, AZ)
    • I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to teach and share my passion in physics to the students here at Ironwood Ridge High School.