spotlight-on-mr-james-walsh

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ames-Walsh-Science-TeacherMr. Walsh earned his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University. Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Walsh worked at the National Aquarium, as an aquarist and Assistant Dive Safety Officer. He is originally from Baltimore, but has spent a good deal of his life in South Carolina, Connecticut, and Nevada.

Why did you want to become a teacher?
I left the National Aquarium and at the time my brother, who was a teacher, was switching professions and he asked me to take over his history class while I sorted out what I was going to do next.  The job was far more difficult than I had imagined and I was hooked.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I play with my son.  So there is a great deal of Legos, sword fighting, and general shenanigans.

Who inspired you growing up?
I was fortunate to know many special people.  Chief among them was my father.  He was worldly, intelligent and a true gentlemen.  If I could grow up to be anybody it would have been him.

What do you want the students to learn from you?
The universe is a vast and chaotic place and their existence is extraordinarily improbable, and yet they are here.  This makes them special beyond comprehension, and they should take advantage of that opportunity.

If you could meet one famous person who would it be and why?
This is difficult to answer because if given the opportunity to travel in time there are a host of choices, some for personal reasons others for global.  Maybe if I was able to travel back to early 1900’s Germany and purchase the artwork of a struggling art student, a great deal of suffering could have been avoided.  Or if I could go back and share the information as to how the bubonic plague was actually spread, or reason with the spanish conquistador’s as how to best negotiate with the indigenous tribes, the world would be a better place.  Then again messing around with the past would not guarantee that there would never again be genocide or global pandemics.  Most likely I would just alter the flow of time and end up negating the events that brought about my own birth.  So if I am to stick to the present, I will choose an English speaker so that I can get the most out of the encounter.  Neil deGrasse Tyson seems like a very likable fellow who would be willing and able to answer some of the questions that I have rolling around in my head.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
But if I told you, then it would no longer be something that most people don’t know.