Theodore Banta
P.O. Box 4663 Hilo, HI 96720 home 808 965 8084 work 808 313 4234

An instructional designer and teacher with 27 years of public school teaching experience and three years of corporate instructional design and technical writing experience. Highly qualified in Science and English, grades 7th thru 12th; also licensed to teach middle-school History and Math. Major strengths are people skills and excellent ability to write and organize. Additional skills in the areas of multimedia and computers. An innovative educator who is creative and dependable.

2005-present - Science Teacher, Pahoa High & Intermediate School, Hawaii Department of Education
  • o Taught 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th-grade Science (Biology, Physical, Earth & Life Science), 11th-grade Marine Science, 7th, 8th & 11th-grade History (American & Hawaiian History), 7th & 8th-grade Math, Career Exploration and Chorus.
  • o Hands-on curriculum including original sing-along science songs and videos, computer assignments, innovative learning techniques, labs and demonstrations which emphasize writing.
  • o Created over 50 educational songs and 24 videos, which can be viewed on YouTube.
  • o Founded Science Club for Teachers to increase collaboration among area science teachers, meeting monthly at Imiloa Planetarium, 2008-2010.
  • o CEO of a schoolwide newspaper recycling program, 2006-2014.
  • o Featured twice in a front page article in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald: in 2009, as a presenter at Astroday, and in 2007, for a 40-foot-long Rube Goldberg kinetic energy device built to inspire students to create their own; students operated it for visiting classes.
  • o Built a hovercraft to teach pressure and Newton's laws of motion.

1994-2005 - Science Teacher, King Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • o Taught Physical Science and Life Science.
  • o Department chair for four years.
  • o Maintained class webpage since 1995, with extra credit assignments and enrichment activities.
  • o Member of School Based Management, School Site Counsel, and Academic Cadre.
  • o Mentor to new teachers.
  • o CEO of a successful science fair for three years. Organized team of students which made class presentations, PA announcements and a video to create interest.
  • o Co-taught engineering unit culminating in building a 25.5-foot-tall tower made of rolled newspaper.
  • o Created two Rube Goldberg kinetic energy devices to inspire students to build their own; one was 40 feet long and operated by students for visiting classes, and another to teach the rules of the class.
  • o Built a hovercraft to teach pressure and Newton’s laws of motion.
  • o Created teacher desk, book case and two demonstration tables in order to maximize space in room.

Spring 1994 - Science Teacher, Long-Term Substitute, Palms Middle School, LAUSD
  • o Hired to teach last eight weeks of the school year.
  • o Taught 7th-grade Health Science and 8th-grade General Science.
  • o Brought classes under control by using innovative discipline plan, grading system and selecting more appropriate textbooks.

1990-1994 - Instructional Designer, Xerox Corporation, El Segundo, CA
  • o Developed and taught laser printing system pre-training course and conducted statistical evaluation.
  • o Received award from manager.
  • o Interfaced with technical experts in order to update and improve training materials.
  • o Conceived of electronic method of grading tests. Received innovation award.
  • o Taught class for co-workers on how to use Xerox workstation software effectively.
  • o Created interactive lesson plan for printing process.

1989-90 Substitute Teacher, LAUSD
  • o Preferred science and math substitute for University, Dorsey, and Fairfax High Schools.

1988-89 Science Teacher, Westside Alternative School, LAUSD
  • o Created hands-on curriculum for high school Chemistry, Earth Science and 7th-grade Life Science.
  • o Used Apple II computer to inform students of current grade and class position.
  • o Wrote and recorded class singing composition, "Blood Cells," to reinforce blood circulation module.

1987-88 Substitute Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • o Preferred substitute for Gardena High School.
  • o Taught three-month U.S. History assignment.

1984-87 Science Teacher, Wilmington Jr. High, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • o Created hands-on General Science curriculum using mostly household materials.
  • o Constructed devices for demonstration and built cabinets to store materials.
  • o Selected and ordered class text soon adopted by the department.
  • o Hosted the Science Club and tutored students after school.

1990 MA, Education
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
1985 California Teaching Credential
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
1982 BA Biology, Minor English
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

National Science Teachers Association

References provided upon request