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Rodney Olson (B.S., Astrophysics)


Astrophysics B.S. I am still friends with a number of classmates (Brooks Rownd and Bill Ketzeback). I spent a lot of great days and nights at O’Brien and Mt. Lemmon.

By teaching the introductory astronomy lab course for three years, I realized that I wanted to become a teacher and pursued that after graduation. Both of my children will now be in high school during this upcoming school year. Christopher will be a junior and Marie will be a freshman. I have enjoyed traveling a lot over this past year. Some highlights were Washington DC and Virginia; NYC; Princeton, NJ (posing for a picture in front of Einstein’s house was incredible); Charlotte, NC; and Boston (my son saw me on TV during the Red Sox game I attended). I also came home to Blaine to visit my parents and siblings in March. I teach astronomy and physics at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA and also serve as the Science Department Chair. I became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2013. In addition, I was selected by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to become a Next Generation Science Standards Curator (NGSS@NSTA Curator). As a NGSS@NSTA Curator, I evaluate online physics curriculum to determine if it meets the NGSS. If it doesn’t fully meet the NGSS, then I make recommendations about how it can meet the criteria. I have very fond memories of my time in the astronomy department. We had great and very accessible professors, and they served as wonderful mentors. Currently Physics and Astronomy Teacher/Department Chair/NGSS@NSTA Curator in Encino, CA. After grad Crespi Carmelite High School/National Science Teachers Association