Hi, My name is Kirk Brown and I have been a teacher for 22 years at Tracy High School in Tracy California. Since 1987 I have been teaching Higher Level International Baccalaureate Biology. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to teach so many outstanding students. I have taught long enough to have students graduate from some of the most prestigious universities in the world, become physicians, professors,teachers, lawyers, bankers, you name it, they have done it. Teaching is certainly a profession that has given so much to me. I’m sure you all agree, the success stories of our profession, makes all of the long hours, meetings, and work well worth it. Tracy High has about 25% of our students go to a 4 year college directly. One out of five are on free and reduced lunch. The diverse population of students and their equally diverse ability levels certainly make for a challenging bunch to teach. Since 1996, I have worked very closely with Bio-Rad labs in helping to develop the Biotechnology Explorer program. I help with their professional development and have a well developed business partnership with my local school district. Since 2000, I have been teaching a Biotechnology course the hour before normal school begins. Forty four brave souls come at seven in the morning. I also teach a Biotechnology course for San Joaquin Delta College.
In today’s uncertain economic times, with all of the concern on energy and the environment, it is so very important that teachers stay connected to current developments in the field. Students respond to the connections that we make as teachers. This blog site will give us an on-going forum to connect and communicate. To share the years and years of experience that we have accumulated and to help give that information to the next generation of teachers. It is my pleasure to be part of this Bioblog. I look forward to hearing from everyone.