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Daniel J. Loewen
NEAT Teacher
Fresno County Office of Education
California

Personal Information:

I was born November 19, 1968 and raised in Reedley, California, a small farming town just south of Fresno.  I ran track and played football during high school and worked in farming during the summers.  Coming from an immigrant background, I learned the value of hard work and a love for my country.  I met and married my wife, Lisa, in Fresno, California where we now reside.  I am also the proud father of two young boys Jacob, 7 and David, 4.

Education and Experience:

I attended Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California where I ran track and had an amazing opportunity to sing in the college choir and travel in Europe.  I studied sports medicine and graduated with a degree in Athletic Training.  After graduation, I had the privilege of working as an assistant coach for the Fresno Pacific University volleyball program.  During this time, I studied biomechanics and earned a Masters degree from California State University, Fresno in Kinesiology.  I have a multiple subject clear credential, and for the past 8 years have been teaching math and biology for the Fresno County Office of Education Court Schools.  Along with my teaching duties I have the unique opportunity of working along side my colleagues as a cognitive math coach, curriculum writer, and professional development leader in the areas of math and biology.  I have had the honor of working with a remarkable group of educators as a member of the Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers since 2004.  I am also a private pilot and a PADI certified advanced enriched air diver. I am currently continuing my professional growth in math and biology and am looking forward to new opportunities and adventures

Organizations and Affiliations:

California Teachers Association (CTA), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Council on Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers (NEAT).

Hobbies: 

I love playing with my boys and watching their imaginations grow.  Helping them build model rockets, airplanes and learning new sports is a pure joy.   I love Flying and looking at the world from 3000 feet and above.  Showing these wonders to my family and students is rewarding.  My wife Lisa and I also enjoy scuba diving, hiking, and snow skiing.  Reading, sketching, and building furniture are also favorite hobbies.

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Last Updated:February 2006
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