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Mike Diamond

I've been at Pinewood for the last 2 years teaching Calculus, Precalculus, Geometry, Computers, and Middle School Computer Specialty Rotation. I have taught Calculus, Precalculus, Geometry, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Computer Applications for the last 6 years. I have also been teaching Intro to College Chemistry CHM-100, Intro to Engineering EGR-101, College Chemistry Labs CHM-105, CHM-110, CHM-111, and CHM-112 as an Adjunct at Trident Technical College of Charleston, SC, for the last 3 years. I have also taught computer applications for a local Computer Training Company to Business, University, Medical, and College Faculty, Staff and Teachers.

My historic past.... Webster Groves High School in St. Louis, Missouri; BS Chemical Engineering @ University of Missouri-Columbia (Ol' Mizzou) where I was a Springboard Diver on the Swim Team, Football Cheerleader for one season, Athletic Dept Math, Chemistry and Physics Tutor and the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity House Manager. I worked 2 years for Dept. of Defense at Charleston Naval Shipyard in SC as a Nuclear Shift Test Engineer overseeing testing of the Nuclear Powerplant of Naval Nuclear Submarines. I later transferred to Refueling where I worked for 4 years. I returned to college for a career change to teaching. I went to a Private Bible College, Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana, for a Masters in Christian School Administration and a Masters in Teaching. From there I went to Los Angeles, Faith Baptist Schools in Canoga Park, CA to teach Chemistry, Physical Science, and Computers. I was also in charge of their Administrative Computer System. After 1 year I transferred to Gethsemane Baptist Christian School in Long Beach CA. There I taught Geometry, Chemistry, Physical Science, Computers and Bible. During the Summer I got a job working as a Security Host at DISNEYLAND in Anaheim, CA. The Greatest Job I have ever had at "The Happiest Place on Earth."

After the Rodney King Riots and Defense Contractor layoffs, I returned to South Carolina (Family) to Teach. Whereupon I stumbled upon Trident Technical College, Training Alliance, and Pinewood Prep School.

I am the school's Computer Guru (God) where I keep a lab of 16-486SX25s and all the teachers and staff systems running and restoring deleted files. I currently have 32 computers to maintain while teaching 6 Preps. I do stay busy, which is probably a sound reason why I've never been married. I also have connected our school to the Citadel (of Shannon Faulkner fame) to access shell accounts for Internet (Text only) access.

I have been trying, usuccessfully, to get more Internet exposure into SC for Schools. I have conducted several Internet classes for teachers. But the major problem has been getting access for the teachers without long distance charges. SC is a very behind state as far as Internet Access is concerned. Networks in schools is just beginning. ISDN is only available in 3 cities.

After attending the Forum last year, I was not able to get a SLIP connection until late fall. This past May, the Citadel added LYNX.

I hoping to learn and contribute as much as I can to the current Geometry Forum this week. I have a personal copy of Sketchpad 3.0 but do not have the lab available to use it for my Geometry Classes. Hopefully I can change this for next year. So.... I'm off to do more......

Mike Diamond

@ The Geometry Forum: thru 7/14
My Local SLIP Server:
Pinewood Preparatory School *Preferred
808 W Old Orangeburg Road
Summerville, SC 29483         (803) 873-1643

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