My name is Jeremy (JT) Raper, and I am a Physics and Engineering teacher at Bob Jones High School (BJHS) in Madison, AL. I was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. I received my BS in Physics from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. in 1993. I went on to complete an MS in Physics (Astrophysics emphasis) from U of L in 1995. I came to Huntsville to work on my PhD in Physics (shifted to Optical Science Engineering). While here, I met and married my wife and began teaching at BJHS after receiving a Secondary Education Certificate. As a science teacher, I have taught Physical Science, Environmental Science, Physics, Honors Physics, AP Physics, and Robotics, and filled-in on occasion in the Math department. As a Career Tech teacher, I have taught Principles of Engineering, Advanced Engineering Design, and Engineering Internship.
I have been awarded the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year in 2000, a member of the Who's Who in Teachers, nominated as a Disney Teacher of the Year 2002, the Air Force Association State Teacher of the Year 2011, the Milken Family Foundation National Teacher of the Year 2011, and the Bob Jones and District Teacher of the Year 2013.
I worked for NASA before teaching as a computer programmer for the Cassini project in the greatest programming language of all time FORTRAN 77. Our group was responsible for the software program that ran the Cassini satellite. After getting married, I began working at BJHS in 1998 and did so until 2002. I left the classroom to return to NASA. I worked with NASAexplores and the NASA Educational Technology Services teams on various Web sites (including the then-new NASA portal). I wrote lesson plans, published material to the Web, coded HTML, presented at conferences, and helped redesign many features of the NASA Portal for kids, students, and educators. The best perk of the job was getting to meet astronauts. In 2005, the world of teaching was calling again, so I returned to BJHS to start the E4T Academy. I also have a part-time job as a math tutor at Mathnasium.
My wife and I have three daughters (with one dog, one cat, and one turtle). My children attend Providence Classical School, where my wife teachers 1st grade. We are members of Southside Baptist Church and also attend Summit Crossing Church. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video and board games, spending time with my family, maintaining a vegetable garden, and coaching/refereeing soccer (and on occasion basketball and volleyball).
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Waiting in Purgatory
by JT Raper
What would it be like to be stuck in a room with all the people who ever died for an indeterminate amount of time? This is an account of how it might have been to "live" in Purgatory.
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