luma learn online course science course teacher Dr. Dan
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Teaching Experience

    20 Years

Field Experience

    27 Years


“We LOVE the online videos and quizzes! My son listens to the videos twice and often shares some exciting concept he has learned…as well as Dr. Dan’s jokes! He is actually EXCITED to listen to the videos! Also, having immediate feedback from the quizzes helps him learn more. I was apprehensive about my ADHD son …, but he says it is easy because Dr. Dan is “interesting and funny.” What I especially like about the class is my son really seems to be LEARNING rather than temporarily MEMORIZING the information! I know it sounds like an ad, but Dr.Dan is teaching at its best! Kudos!” Mindie Becerril, CO, Sept. 27, 2018.



Before I was “Dr. Dan”, I grew up in NE Ohio always want­ing to look at bugs, but­ter­flies and taking care of ani­mals. After eight years of post high school study, I earned a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence degree in Biol­ogy from The Uni­ver­sity of Akron and com­pleted a Doc­tor­ate in Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cine from The Ohio State Uni­ver­sity in 1990. After prac­tic­ing at a small ani­mal vet­eri­nary clinic in Akron, Ohio, my wife (Andrea) and I moved to Grand Junc­tion, Col­orado. All the while my love for sci­ence kept grow­ing, but something seemed to be missing. I remember one day having a talk with Andrea, and the question was posed to me, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” My immediate response was, “I’d love to marry Science and Scripture together, and share this with others!

In the Spring of 1998 I was praying to the LORD and said, “I’ll even get up in front of people and speak, if you want me to!” Andrea knew that I didn’t do crowds, public speaking or computers!” Yet, during the fall of that year, I shared with a group of more than 200 in Montrose, Colorado. Later, in 2005 an acquaintance asked, “Can you teach our son Caleb Biology?” Now that was 13 years ago and more than 5,000 teaching hours that have been invested. I love watching God our Creator get the credit in the Science classroom. What excitement when the light turns on for kids – and many adults, too!

My approach is to make learning fun, understandable and memorable. Memorization may land a student an “A” on a test, but understanding can last a lifetime. My classes include lots of doing, stories, illustrations, demonstrations and questions put out there for the learners. Yes, I want them to think, explore, move, observe, record and KEEP on growing in ALL areas of learning. Many of the learning skills acquired during these Courses readily carry over into other classes and certainly life!

I have been privileged to present a vari­ety of sem­i­nars as a for­mer speaker/trainer with a nation­wide ministry. It has been lots of fun to speak at the CHEC (Chris­t­ian Home Edu­ca­tors of Col­orado) and UTCH (Utah Chris­t­ian Home School Asso­ci­a­tion) homeschool con­ven­tions. Cur­rently, I am teaching a full scope of sci­ence classes for homeschool­ers. I, my wife Andrea, and our son Joshua reside in wonderful Cedaredge, Colorado.

My first “God Moment” that I recall occurred when I was about 8 years old. I remember standing under a beautiful starry night sky and thinking to myself. “Where did all this come from? Who were the first people? Why am I here? Where am I going when I die? When I was 17 years old, I registered for selective service to potentially fight for our great nation if war was on the horizon. It was then I realized that I could die for my country, yet I didn’t really know who I really was. That caused me to carefully consider the answers found in the Bible. On Jan 4, 1980 at 17 years old, I went from death to life and chose Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He put an enormous hunger in my heart to read the Word, filled me with joy, and a living hope. Now I share daily about our Awesome Creator and Redeemer via science. He is the One to watch and follow!

Actively being outdoors in Colorado! Cross country skiing, hiking, walking, marvelling at God’s Creation: the wildlife, plants, and rocks :). Attending our son’s soccer games and helping him practice on his own. Bible study with other believers. Restorative woodworking in our home when I find the time.

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