Dr. Suckley's

          I was born in Cleveland Ohio and at the age of four our family moved to Wauseon, Ohio.  Wauseon is a small town in northwestern Ohio named after the Chief of the Pontiac.  I attended public school and while in high school I decided that I wanted to become a teacher and make a commitment to improving science education as I had a science teacher who made science very uninspiring.  My brother and I used to do quite a bit of experimenting as youngsters and during one of our experiments we almost blew the foundation off of our home.  Boy, did we have a lot to learn as future science teachers. 

         Upon graduation from high school I attended Bowling Green State University earning a B. S. degree. I then taught science and coached for a year in Pettisville, Ohio, (another very small town.)  After teaching for a year I married my wife, Pat, and we moved to Warren, Michigan to begin our teaching careers together.  We then enrolled at Eastern Michigan University where I earned a Masters of Science  and Educational Specialist Degrees in the area of physical science.   I continued to pursue my education and, earned my Doctorate from Wayne State University in Instructional Technology. 

          I have taught for over forty years with experience at middle, high school, university and retired as a Professor at Macomb Community College for Physical and Environmental Science and author of two science textbooks, Analyzing the Physical Universe, and Physics Is FUNdamental. I am a certified instructor with two national curriculum projects, Operation Physics (OP) and Constructing Physics Understanding (CPU), which target the improvement of physics education in the public schools.  I have been fortunate to receive the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association's "Outstanding Science Educators Award" and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's "Teaching Excellence Award"

           My commitment to improving physical science education involves workshops for teachers that are designed to inspire and improve science teaching at the local, state, regional, and national levels.  You see I'm still working on that commitment made almost forty years ago.  I believe that science is a process that begins with a problem and involves the search for information and the appropriate application of that information to solve the problem. There will be many times that the information will not be perfect but it will show trends or directions that will lead to the best solution. This process can be compared to solving a puzzle, or riddle or your favorite mystery. 

           My wife Pat was a special education consultant and enjoys her rose garden very much. We have two sons, Mark and Matthew and four grandchildren who keep us busy.  We  have lived in the same house for over thirty years although we are currently building a home on the top of a glacial moraine.

          Retirement has been busy I have taught one course each semester and still put on  in-service teacher development workshops for in the area of physical science.




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