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John Snyder
4th Grade
I was born in Burlingame, California. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the Santa Clara Valley.
 J. Snyder
John Snyder
Grade 4 Seminar
Upper Loft 3
 jsnyder1@sandi.netI was born in Burlingame, California. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the Santa Clara Va
I came to San Diego in order to attend the University of California San Diego at La Jolla. Like so many of us, I ended up falling in love with San Diego, especially the climate.
While I was a student at UCSD, I spent the summer of 1981 teaching English and honing up my Mandarin in The Peoples' Republic of China. Most of the summer I was at two of UCSD's sister schools: Chungching Technical University and The University of Wuhan. It was quite an experience to spend time in Western China just after the Cultural Revolution.
I earned my Teaching Credential at University of San Diego, and a Mathematics specialist credential at San Diego State University.
I was lucky enough to do my student teaching at Grant Elementary School. My first contract assignment was teaching 4th and 5th grade at Rolando Park Elementary School, near College Grove. I was there for 9 years. I learned to play the recorder in order to teach beginning instrumental music.
It has been almost a decade since I was fortunate enough to be offered a position in the Upper Grade Math Lab at Grant, where I taught mathematics enrichment and technology. A few years ago I was promoted to teach 4th grade seminar. I really enjoy teaching all subjects, but especially mathematics and art making. You shouldn't be surprised at such a seemingly "odd couple" of interests, as they fit like hand and glove! 
I live in a tiny house in the San Diego neighborhood of South Park with 1000's of plants, mostly orchid species, and my 3 wonderful dogs. As an amateur naturalist, I enjoy traveling to far off lands and exploring the plants and animals there. My cathedral is the rain forest - I feel completed by my sense of awe and simultaneous insignificance. 
I also enjoy learning new things and have always enjoyed making things. Right now, I am exploring a life-long interest in electronics, Arduino and hobby robotics. Talk to me for a few minutes and I'd most likely mention my fondness for Make Magazine. It sums up my interests and passions quite well.