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First Name:Jim
Last Name:McKinney
Subject(s):Technology, Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Earth Sciences, Physics, Tools
Grade:Gr. 6 | Age 12 - Gr. 12 | Age 18
Years Experience:37 years
Degrees:M.S. Microbiology
Language:English' stats

Member since:11/03/09
Lesson Plans & Activities Uploaded:1

About' School

Name of School:Pasco County Schools
School's Website:
Location Type:Suburban
School Type:Public
Student Enrollment:5001+
Average Class Size:21-30


I've been a middle school and high school science teacher for nearly my entire career. Currently I am a technology services analyst, and oversee our district tech help desk. I also coordinate training for a team of 60 field software technicians that support all classroom technology. I also coordinate training for 80 school-based Resource Management Associates (media/Tech assistants) .

Interests and Hobbies

Naturally I'm a gadget guru, and enjoy science reality and fiction. I'm into magic, music, alternative energy usage (I own a Chevy Bolt), and am passionate about inquiry-based teaching. I'm also due to retire in June 2019 after having completed 37 years in public education. It's been a GREAT ride!

Favorite Music

Contemporary/Top 40, Rock, Jazz, Liturgical, anything rhythmic.

Favorite TV Shows and Movies

Star Trek, Merlin, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Marvel universe; any action and adventure genre.

Favorite Books

I don't read books, but I'm constantly reading short articles and technical briefs.

Favorite Quotations

"Customers do not come first, employees come first. Take care of the employees and they will take care of the customers" - Richard Branson. “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” -Anon.

Teaching Passion

Middle school science curriculum based on inquiry approach. This is the way all knowledge is generated and maintained. A spiral and sequential curriculum that builds on prior knowledge is the best for constructing learning opportunities for students.

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