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After graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, I worked as a research assistant at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, studying the lipid composition of the the oils found in the meibomian gland of the eyelids. After being a co-author on a research paper describing the results, I began student teaching at South Pasadena High School and began teaching there full time in 1984. I have been teaching chemistry and honors physics there ever since. I have been an assistant football coach and a club advisor to various clubs, as well as the chairman of the science department. I am currently in a Master's of Science Education program at California State University at Northridge.

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Some of my interests include playing soccer, tennis and racquetball. I also enjoy traveling to the Island of Ikaria in the Aegean Sea, which is the birthplace of my father.

I love teaching chemistry and physics at South Pasadena High School and enjoy the challenge of making science fun and exciting. My students at South Pasadena High School make teaching for me, fun and exciting. My work email where I can be reached is dpapadakis@fc.spusd.net

When I was growing up, I was very involved in sports, like football, baseball and soccer. However, I also had time for trying experiments. My interests in chemistry and physics started when I was a kid and one of the first experiments that I tried on my own was boiling water in a paper cup. That impressed me so much that I just had to study chemistry and physics in college. Because chemistry and physics have so many connections to our everyday life, I try to communicate my excitement about these subjects to my students and try to help them see these connections to their everyday lives.

 

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Currently, I am in a Science Education Masters Program at California State University at Northridge. My hopes are that the courses I am taking will help me make chemistry and physics more alive to my students. It is is also helping me to develop a web site that will be useful to my students and allow them to access things that will be helpful to them in the classroom.

My work on the GAVRT Project

I wrote an article on the radio telescope at Goldstone as part of the GAVRT program.

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