The Grigsby family, left to right: Brian, Kathleen, Debbie, Hannah and Caroline.
A: Thanks Doni! One of the main reasons was that I truly missed working with students and being in the classroom. While I was working on programs and curriculum for teachers and students, I didn’t get a lot of direct instruction time to work with them. Then I heard about an opportunity back here in Redding to get back into the high school classroom and jumped at the chance. The slower pace of life, being closer to family, and being back in Northern California helped to make that decision that much easier.
A: Some people may not know that my family and I moved down to Phoenix, Ariz., so I could take a job at Arizona State University with the Mars Education Program. While I was there, my responsibilities included coordinating the distance learning aspect of the program, developing curriculum, conducting workshops and working with student programs. During that time, my travels for workshops took me to places like the tundra villages of Alaska, to the small rural towns of Arkansas, and even to some extreme locations like the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. On several occasions, my family was able to join me during my workshops, including a time I did a workshop at Space camp in Huntsville, Al. As “nerdy” as that may sound, it was an amazing experience to say the least. We are all now space camp graduates!In addition to my travels, I have been able to work with some amazing scientists who are on the cutting edge of science discovery, see the launch of the Phoenix Mars Lander, and catch glimpses into what the future holds for exploration to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Students in the classroom today will be the ones who benefit from these endeavors, and I was able to see a window into that future.
A: Yes, I am teaching at Enterprise High School, teaching College Prep Biology, and College Prep Physical/Earth Science.
A: The community. The people and families who live in and around Redding are amazing to be around. Not only that, the climate (although there have been times that Redding has surpassed Phoenix for summer heat), and being so close to nature. I couldn’t think of a better place to raise a family. My wife and I both have extended family in Redding, so being closer to family is a bonus.
A: Most certainly. Because of the advancements in videoconferencing technologies, I can perform many activities and programs from anywhere that has Internet access. This allows me to keep in contact with the many people I have worked with over the years, and expand those relationships. As far as the Planetarium, David Ewart (director of the planetarium) and I are working on ways I can come do shows at the planetarium. While I was at ASU, we stayed in close contact and even did several videoconference events for students and teachers. We have several ideas and plans in the works, so stay tuned! 🙂
A: I feel truly blessed to have had the experiences I have, and that I am able to come back home to not only share those experiences, but to invest the things I have learned into the students and community of the Redding area.