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Physics teacher Mr. Harmon pictured at the beginning of his first period class.

Physics teacher Mr. Harmon pictured at the beginning of his first period class.

Julie Mayuga

Julie Mayuga

Physics teacher Mr. Harmon pictured at the beginning of his first period class.

Julie Mayuga, Staff Writer

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This week, Physics teacher Mr. Harmon talks about his journey to Los Al. “I love Physics! I have to know how everything works and at the basic level, everything is Physics. I love measuring things and working with equipment. Besides, if there is a zombie apocalypse, I want to be able to keep the infrastructure running for the survivors.” said Harmon. Starting at University of Irvine, Harmon originally decided that Chemistry was his passion. But after careful consideration, he changed to Physical Sciences as his major. Harmon explains, ”Once I changed my major in college from Chemistry to Physics, I started to tutor people-future Engineers in particular. I was good at explaining things and breaking down tasks into smaller steps and subroutines.”At UCI, Harmon was already a Physics graduate student and in the direction to a PhD, but realized that it wasn’t what he wanted. “Later when I sourced on Physics research, I made a list of my strengths and teaching was one of them. I was able to make a lateral transfer to the teaching program for free,” Harmon stated. Aside from teaching Physics, Harmon is also credentialed to teach Math to Freshman and Sophomores. And it’s a given that he teaches Math to Juniors and Seniors in Physics.

                             When Harmon applied to work at Losal, he knew little to nothing about the school. Harmon said “I started applying for jobs even before I finished my teacher training. The first callback for an interview that I got was LAHS. I didn’t know about the school but decided to treat it as a ‘practice’ interview.” As Harmon researched Los Al, one of the top rated high schools in Orange County, he hoped he did well. In his favor, he got the job. After all these years of teaching, he told me about some moments that makes his job unforgettable. “I love it when ex-students come back and tell me that I really helped get them ready for college, I want my students to be ready for the world and be successful,” Harmon finishes. 

 

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