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Epson PowerLite LCD Projector, $999.95, 0.00% raised
Epson PowerLite LCD Projector
Single Unit Why I need this:
One day I will die from tripping over the wires in my room. That alone should convince you to buy this for me -- to SAVE me from death. But really, I only have 3 working sockets in my room, and if I were to cut down on the wires that I have to use (I have multiple extension cords and power cords) then I'd be thrilled. While this still would need an AC adapter, at least I could kill the cord to the computer...please!
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Mr. Shawn Daley
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Gresham High School
Hometown:
Portland, OR (Massapequa, NY)
Class Information:
Room Number: 226
Students per Class: 216
Class Description:
I teach 3 different classes -- Anthropology, Psychology, and History of the Americas (North and South America). I have a wide variety of kids, from all socioecnomic classes as well as ethnicities and ability levels. My room physically is an awful place, with one small "prison" window (sorry, it is), 2 false walls that do not block sound at all and are made from a material that will not accept tape or regular staples, only a staple gun or a immense strips of duct tape per poster. I have only 2 outlets too, which makes having any technology in the room near impossible, and as of today, the coldest day we've had so far, my room is now pumping cold air into the room instead of heat.
Position:
History Chairman
Needs:
A heater :-). Actually, we are okay with wearing coats. I'm very interested in getting software above anything. I find computer simulations to be great with maintaining the interest of high school students. However, having some technology also does wonders, and I've been lucky to make enough connections to get access to video camcorders. I'd love to start podcasting OR more work with regular digital cameras -- either one could get my students outside of their classroom, where it is considerably warmer!
My Philosophy:
All students deserve my best effort. I don't believe that some kids aren't going to amount to anything. We need to be available and authentic and honest for each student we teach, especially the ones that try our patience.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I'm a 39-year teacher who has been at Gresham High for 5 years. I taught in a private school for three years before that. I'm married with two children (my wife is a teacher too - at Hayhurst Elementary in Portland, Oregon, where my children go). I am dual-endorsed in Social Studies and English, and in the last 7 years I have taught 16 different classes, which has been wonderfully enriching but also amazingly tiring.
College and Degrees:
Loyola College in Maryland, B.A. History George Fox University, M.A.T. Additional coursework at Lewis and Clark College, Southern Oregon University, and Portland State University
Activities:
I moderate the National Honor Society, Chair the History Department, and am involved with the International Baccalaureate Program.
Favorite Books:
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, by Samantha Power; Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke; Empire Falls, by Richard Russo; A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry, Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Interests:
Technology, Reading, History, Anthropology, Religion, Walking, Travel, Cooking
Employment History:
Gresham High School, 2004-present ConcordiaUniversity, 2006-present JesuitHigh School, 2001-2004 JOIN: Connecting the Streets to a Home, 2000-2001 (AmeriCorps)
Why Do I Teach?:
Presently, Social and Cultural Anthropology, History of the Americas and Psychology. In the past, I have taught Contemporary US History, Social Justice, Comparative Religions, Christian Relationships, Public Speaking, Rhetoric and the Art of Argument, American Government, American Economics, Creative Writing, Grammar, Study Skills, PSAT/SAT Prep, and English Literature.
Percent of Students are:
     At-risk: 30 %
     Average: 55 %
     High-achiever: 10 %
     Special Needs: 5 %
Percent of Students are:
     White/Caucasian : 60 %
     Hispanic: 25 %
     African American: 5 %
     Native American: 5 %
     Asian: 5 %
Free/Reduced Lunch Program Enrollment:: 40 %
ESL Enrollment:: 20 %
Average number of students in class:: 36 students
Number of students I teach:: 216 students