Mr. Hertel

Hello My Name Is...

Mr. Hertel

Pacific Coast

Period 1: Biology W133
Period 2: Biology
Period 3: Study Hall W113
Period 4: Planning
Period 5: Biology W133 
Period 6: Integrated Science W115
Period 7: Integrated Science

Office Hours (Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays @ 7:35) W127
Connections W115

Email: [email protected]
Voicemail: 303.982.6712

Teacher Bio:
I grew up in a military family bouncing around the country every few years; I found my way to Colorado in 1997. My wife and I have two kids, a 17-year old and a 12-year old, and we all stay busy with our dog, Bilbo. We like to hike, bike, camp, and generally play outside...though we also make time to relax and watch all things Marvel and Star Wars.

Education/Degrees Earned:
Bachelors degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Secondary Science Education (Biology Focus) from Metropolitan State University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado

Work Experience:
This is my third year at Arvada West, and I'm excited to share investigations in science with my students. Before teaching science, I spent a couple decades in the world of child welfare, working with youth in foster care and treatment centers. Working with kids and families is what I've done in my adult life, and I'm glad to be continuing it as a member of the AWest Community!

Little about me, philosophy, etc:

I love learning; about people, about the world, about life. I believe in the 4 Pillars of Learning set out by the neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene: Attention, Active Engagement, Error Feedback, and Consolidation (this happens mostly when we're sleeping). The sciences can be challenging subjects, but with effort and practice, they can be understood and mastered.

"The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest."
-Kurt Vonnegut 
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