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                                                         About Mr. DesJarlais (a.k.a Mr. D)

    IRHS: Currently teaching General Physics, AP Physics C Mechanics, and Astronomy. This is my 9th year teaching at IRHS (and my 28th year overall).
    • 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, July 2005
    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.

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