Physics Teacher SOS

Welcome to the PTSOS website. We focus on content useful for teachers new to
teaching physics at the high school and community college level.

Dan Burns
Workshop Leader
Los Gatos High School

Dan has been teaching high school physics since 1992. He has been a member, officer, and contributor with NCNAAPT. He works with the SETI Institute, USGS, AAPT, SJSU, and serves as the Faculty Scholar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Tom Shefler
Workshop Leader
Granada HS, Livermore

Tom teaches physics, math, engineering, and astronomy at Granada High School in Livermore. He has a physics degree from Western Michigan University and a Masters in astronomy from Cal. While working on his Masters, Tom discovered Supernova 1998DT. Tom works as a Faculty Scholar at LLNL where he helps conduct the Fusion/Astrophysics Teacher Research Academy and the popular Science on Saturday program.

Val Monticue
Outreach Coordinator

Val has taught high school physics since 2008. She is an active member of NCNAAPT, currently serving in the office of the President. She has contributed to physics research projects in collaboration with NASA JPL and Stanford University and is the author of the "Stepping Into NGSS" website on NGSS implementation.

PTSOS is made possible by a
grant from
The Karl L. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Food, beverages, and snacks are provided by a grant from Joe Marasco.

Join the PTSOS Group

Get the latest announcements and updates on PTSOS! For more information email
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The 2017 AAPT Summer Meeting will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the RiverCenter Convention Center, July 22-26. Atlanta, GA.

PTSOS is brought to you by The Northern California and Nevada Section of The American Association of Physics Teachers.

New Physics Teacher Workshops

The New Physics Teacher Workshops are a series of free, day-long, professional development workshops for teachers new to teaching physics in the Southern California area.

Photos of Past Workshops
PTSOS Workshop 1/31/09
PTSOS Workshop 1/22/11

PTSOS Founders

Paul Robinson
Former Workshop Leader
San Mateo HS

Paul taught high school physics from 1974 to 2011. He is a long-time member of and contributor to NCNAAPT having served as Program Chair, Historian, and Section Representative for many years. He is the author of the Conceptual Physics lab manuals and the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1987.

Stephanie Finander
Former Outreach Coordinator
Woodside High School

Stephanie has taught high school physics since 1990. She is a long-time member of and contributor to NCNAAPT. She is a principal founder and organizer of the PTSOS New Teacher Workshop, and was moderator of the PTSOS discussion group.

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Dan Burns on Twitter

Fun things from PTSOS Workshop #3, March 11, 2017

     "Tweeting sound on tweet from Chirpin Chicks when circuit complete to their feet
(Chirpin Chick on Amazon)

     "Teachers @ThePTSOS workshop explore harmonics in 5-tone Whirly Pipes. I blame the conductor."
(Whirlies - an introduction to whirled music)

     "Teachers @ThePTSOS workshop try out color by addition White Lightning sticks from
(White Lightning Stick on Arbor Scientific)

     "Only each teacher @ThePTSOS workshop hear the music box guts when held to their heads, everybody hears when placed on a resonating desk."

     "Teachers @ThePTSOS workshop today test out their violet lasers on a phosphorescent paint poster."



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