My name is Jeremiah Brooks and I teach chemistry and AP physics at Highland High School. The 2014/15 school year will be my fifth year teaching high school science. I went to San Diego State University where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Master’s Degree in Accountancy. I have always love physics and chemistry, but I felt that I did not want to work in the confines of a laboratory environment so I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Accountancy and enter corporate America.
After completing my Master’s Degree I had a desire to learn another language and see more of the world so I moved to Lima, Peru. I had some Peruvian friends that I had met earlier in my life so I figured what better way to learn another language than to be immersed in another culture.
Peru is a very interesting and diverse country. With beautiful beaches, the Amazon Jungle, 6,000 + meter mountains covered with glaciers, great food, wonderful people, and of course, one of the seven wonders of the world, the pre-Colombian Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.
I lived in Peru for about a year before returning to the United States. But I returned with much more than memories for a lifetime. I met, fell in love with and married my beautiful wife Lilian.
While in Peru I began to think about becoming a teacher. My father had been a kindergarten teacher for 30 years and I have always enjoyed teaching others and working with children. I came to the realization that if I earned my teaching credential I could teach children the subjects that I love. I earned my secondary teaching credential right down the road and California State University-Northridge.
I am looking forward to a great year at Highland High School!