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Who Is JD?


A graduate of Cornell University, JD is a 24-year veteran of K-12 science education, six years at Claymont High School in Ohio, and 18 years at The Circle School in Harrisburg, PA. (At The Circle school, JD also served in administrative roles, see CV for details.) Best part: treating kids like people, and seeing them thrive as adults.


JD is married to his graciously-supportive (and patient) spouse Ann (since 1987). They have two children, both now grown and pursuing their own passions. JD plays drums and percussion, performing here and there with singer-songwriters as they pass through, and almost weekly at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg. Best part: nailing a song on stage with no rehearsal, then laughing together with delight.


In 1986, JD and several hundred close friends walked from Los Angeles to Washington DC to call for an end to the nuclear arms race. The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament was pivotal in JD’s life, in more ways than could be counted. It’s amazing how little things can sequentially add up to big changes! Best part: meeting Ann.


Then, in the summer of 1987, JD was one of 200 Americans who joined 200 Soviets to walk from Leningrad to Moscow on the American-Soviet Walk. Best part: playing drums for 50,000 people in the first-ever outdoor rock concert inside the Soviet Union.


JD’s other interests include hiking & backpacking, public speaking, dancing with Ann, drum circles, proof-reading, container-gardening, travel, a good belly laugh so hard you can’t breathe, managing money, building and fixing things, technology, making kettle corn, connecting people, recycling metals and electronics, couch-surfing, reading science magazines, reading great poems and writing mediocre ones.


Interesting bits:

JD has been in all 50 states and 19 other countries. He is certified by NASA to borrow and handle lunar rock samples. Cliff-jumped off the southern-most point in the U.S., a drop of over 40 feet. Witnessed a total solar eclipse, and plans to travel to see more. Swam in iceberg-infested waters & slapped an iceberg. JD & Ann’s children work in programming and military chaplaincy.