Doubting Thomas and Mr. Mendoza’s Underwear


Krista L.




blackholeHey Cope Eagles! Ever wondered about who the science teachers’ role models are, or why they chose to teach science? If so, keep on reading!

  1. What is your favorite aspect of science?

Mr. Walker: I love Biology – studying living things!  I also love food science because I            love food. Food loves me.

Mr. Klausner: Rationalizing.

Mr. Aceto: I love teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Physics the most – those topics have MANY LABS and ACTIVITIES!

Mr. Fitz: Solving mysteries and getting at the truth!

  1. What do you think is at the bottom of a blackhole?

Mr. Walker: Mr. Mendoza’s Underwear and/or all the students who failed my class the last 34 years.

Mr. Klausner: How do you know if a black hole is going down?

Mr. Aceto: Maybe a jar of nutella??

Mr. Fitz: Mendoza.

  1. Who do you think is the most influential scientist in history?

Mr. Walker: There are 3: Galileo Galilei, Charles Darwin, and the great Rosalind Franklin because the science book says so!

Mr. Klausner: Doubting Thomas.

Mr. Aceto: I think I’d have to go with George Washington Carver – love that guy and everything he did.

Mr. Fitz: Isaac Newton. He was a rock star in his time and is still widely known.  And most people can understand what he discovered

       4. If you got to have dinner and eat with a scientist, who would it be and why?

Mr. Walker: Galileo of course!  We would drink wine, eat bread, and discuss the problems he had as a scientist and his dealings with the Inquisition.  He might even let me try on some of his cool outfits.

Mr. Klausner: Bernoulli because he lived in Venice.

Mr. Aceto: I’d want to have dinner in Italy with Galileo and just talk with him about about space science.

Mr. Fitz: That’s a tough one because there are so many. I would go with Leonardo, though not a ‘pure scientist’… he’s so dang interesting!

  1. Why did you choose science as a subject to teach?

Mr. Walker: I didn’t – Science called me to be its messenger.  I had dropped out of college (I had a 1.3 GPA) and worked in a furniture factory. I was living at the YMCA in Orange, CA. I had a dream one afternoon. In it, Darwin, Galileo, and Rosalind Franklin (Sir Isaac Newton couldn’t make it because he is still afraid of catching the Plague) came and told me that I was the chosen one to educate the youth of the world in the ways of Science…to stand on the shoulders of giants.  So I did.

Mr. Klausner: There are other subjects?

Mr. Aceto: I love teaching science because it feels amazing when you see kids enjoying what their doing, and when kids develop a love for science throughout the year!

Mr. Fitz: I thought about teaching others (and did for a while), but I have always been a science nerd since kindergarten and started collecting/categorizing rocks and seashells.  Plus, science jobs are way easier to find!