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August 26, 2018

 

Dear Students and Parents,

 

I am extremely excited to be at Point Loma High School this year! This is my twelfth year here and my thirty-third year of teaching. I taught Earth Science in Virginia Beach, Virginia for thirteen years, five years of junior high and eight years of senior high school. While teaching junior and senior high school, I also coached girls’ track for thirteen years. In 1995, the girls’ team that I coached won the Virginia High School State Track and Field Meet. Finally, nineteen years ago I moved to San Diego and taught eighth grade science in Southeast San Diego at Keiller Leadership Academy until the summer of 2007. Previously, I taught Earth Science for nine years here at Point Loma High School and then last two years I taught Biology and Principles of Biomedical Science. This year I will again be teaching Biology and Principles of Biomedical Science as well as coaching boy’s and girl’s cross country and track.

 

I grew up in Virginia, attending elementary, junior high, and high school there. I then attended the College of William and Mary and received a Geology degree. After that, I went to Old Dominion University to get certified to teach science. In June of 2003, I completed my Master’s degree in Educational Technology. It was exciting to learn how technology can be used in the classroom to improve teaching and learning.

 

On a more personal note, I enjoy running, hiking, swimming, weight lifting, kayaking, and any variety of physical activities. Also, I enjoy reading science fiction/fantasy books as well as science magazines.

 

My family and I have six animals living with us. We have three cats, Dolce, Diablo, and Jade, who have been tearing up the house, running around knocking things over, and having fun. Twelve years ago we adopted a young dog from the Helen Woodward Center. Her name is Gria and she is from Romania. Her name means “gray” in Romanian. In January of 2012 we adopted a German shepherd puppy from Coastal German Shepherd Rescue; her name is Sascha. Finally, a year and half ago we adopted an older dog, Dundee, from the Chula Vista Animal Shelter. Sascha really enjoys giving Gria, Dundee and the cats, especially Jade, a hard time by chasing them around and playing tag. Talk about entertainment!

 

During June, July and August, I spent time traveling around to different places, working out, or visiting friends and family in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Virginia was hot and humid but I really enjoyed getting to see everyone.

 

This summer I also spent time training with the boys and girls on the cross country team. The teams put in hundreds of miles over the summer and are hoping to have their best seasons ever. From August 5 to August 12, eighteen of the cross country runners, their parents and I spent a week running (or hiking) up and down the mountains in the Sequoia National Park - what a great way to get in shape.

 

I really look forward to teaching the Biology and Principles of Biomedical Science curriculum to all of students and helping them to gain a love and appreciation of science as it relates to them and their surroundings.

 

 

Sincerely yours,

 

 

Keith A. DeLong

Biology, Principles of Biomedical Science

e-mail: kdelong@sandi.net