Dr. Chuck Downing graduated with High Honors from San Diego State University in 1972 with a B.S. with Distinction in Biological Science. Received his M.A. in Education with emphasis in curriculum and instruction from the University of Redlands in 1979. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Education from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1996.
In the summer of 1990 he completed a two-week Recombinant DNA for Teachers Workshop in conjunction with California State University, San Francisco, Genentech, and NSF. As a result of work done as a fellow of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, he has worked as a consultant for developing molecular biology kits for secondary schools.
Dr. D began teaching at Monte Vista High School in 1973. He was department chair from 1981-1995. At the district, he was three times selected a Resource (Mentor) Teacher, and was involved in leadership in the science council.
Dr. D has been "San Diego County Teacher of the Year," won the CIBA-GEIGY Award for Excellence in Science Teaching from NSTA, was Local Project Director and Southern Hub Coordinator for the California Scope, Sequence, and Coordination Project. He was a Christa McAuliffe Fellow in 1992, and he won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 1993. In 1994 he was named as a
participant in Access Excellence for Biology teachers and was a TAAP grant recipient from the California State University Foundation.
In 1996 he accepted an Associate Professorship in Education at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) and was promoted to full professor in 2000. While at PLNU, he was Director of Teacher Education and taught General Education Biology (lab for elementary teaching majors always and lecture/lab twice) for the Biology Department.
Dr. D taught science at Great Oak High School and has been a Beginning Teacher Support Provider in the Temecula Valley Unified School District from 2004-2012.
Dr. Chuck collaborated with the Outdoor Education division of the San Diego County Office of Education on the “Splash Science Mobile Laboratory.” This traveling inquiry-lab, co-sponsored by the San Diego Water Authority, requires 4th grade students to solve a scenario-based problem using both laboratory and research information.
Dr. Chuck is a frequent speaker at science conferences at the local, state, and national levels.
Dr. D has been active in educational reform since the late 1980s. His school was one of the original "100 schools" in the California SS&C Project. He served as a Hub Coordinator for four years in that project and has served as a consultant/trainer for districts in several states.
Dr. Downing retired from K-12 education in June of 2012. He now works as an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and Azusa Pacific University's San Diego and Murietta Regional Centers. He is a contracted author with Koehler Publishing and Morgan James Publishers. His first science fiction novel, Traveler's HOT L, was released in March 2014. His second sci-fi novel, The Observers, is scheduled for a December 2014 release. In addition, he is co-author of a Tune Up Your Teaching & Turn on Student Learning, a book for teachers, administrators, and parents. This book provides timely information, examples, and support material for transforming classrooms into places where "purposeful and creative reflective thinkers" are the norm.
Program Directors Recommendations
K-12 Alliance Statewide Director
2720 South Harbor Blvd #A
Santa Ana, CA 92704-5822
Phone: 714.438.3802 (or 3803)
District Science Directors Recommendations
Linda J. Morris
Elementary Science Coordinator
Denver Public Schools
Room 600, 900 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (720) 423-3710
K-12 Teacher Recommendations
Tim Ritter - Superintendent
Joe Balleweg - Principal on Special Assignment
Ingrid Taylor - Asst Principal
Tim Dignan - Asst Principal
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Dr. Paul Schmelzenbach
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