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 of Colorado 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.