James Blattman teaches chemistry and physics at Albert M. Lowry High School in Winnemucca. Mr. Blattman tries to influence his students by setting an example of rigor. "I work hard, long hours," he says, "and I expect my students to do the same." Mr. Blattman believes that hard work and a well-accomplished task are not only instructional, but nourishing to the soul. His students are encouraged subtly, through deeds rather than words. "Educators can be beacons of hope, and embody standards of determination to live a productive life," he says. On graduation day, Mr. Blattman is rewarded by those students who have chosen to pursue a career in science or in teaching; and future science teachers are particularly rewarding. Mr. Blattman would like to see his school install "computer interface materials at each lab station for physics and chemistry." In the meantime, he takes particular pride in the home-made instructional equipment he relies on for teaching. "When I read or see a way to illustrate a concept of physics, I often draw up some plans and build a class set at home," he says.
1972 University of Nevada - Reno, B.A.