Curtis Schneider is my name and is what I'm all about. I've been a middle school teacher for the past 26 years and my students have yet to drive me crazy! Well actually, there IS this kid in my 6th period class...
I am married and have a wonderful wife Lisa and two kids, Carly, age 24 and Nathan, age 20. Carly is a recent graduate with an MA in Math from San Francisco State and enjoys living in San Franciso! She is working with a company called IODA, putting music online. Check that company out before they go through the roof! Nate is currently living in Mountain View and is working at Starbucks. We currently reside in San Jose, CA in the Willow Glen neighborhood.
I actually started my teaching career at Hidden Villa Ranch in Los Altos Hills, California. I was recruited out of San Jose State University (my alma mater) to become a docent and lead groups of elementary school kids around the farm and wilderness. I enjoyed this so much that I quit my job at Orchard Supply Hardware and moved to Hidden Villa. I worked there for 6 years, running the American Youth Hostel and the Hidden Villa Summer Camp programs and working for the Hidden Villa Environmental Project. During this time I changed my major and decided to pursue a teaching career. Wise move!!
My first job was in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose at Bret Harte Junior High. I worked there for 1 1/2 years before getting laid off due to enrollment cutbacks in the San Jose Unified School District. That ended up being a BIG break for me. I was lucky to land a job at Sunnyvale Junior High (now Sunnyvale Middle School) the following September. After 20 great years, I left SMS for Egan Intermediate School in Los Altos. Egan prides itself on high quality academics and a "no child left behind" attitude. It is indeed my pleasure to work at such a fine school.
I started the Human Disease Project in the early '90's. It has grown, changed and evolved over these past few years, due in part to the feedback of other teachers who have started to teach it. Several things have happened recently to make this project an ideal one for Middle and High school aged students:
In the fall of 1999 Curt's Human Disease Website won an Internet Innovator Award from National Semiconductor. The best part was that my school was awarded $20,000 to use for Internet related training and equipment.
For any of my students who may be reading this, too bad if you thought that I was going to put my address and phone number here...HA! However, you can go to another page for a picture of my wonderful family.
I would love to hear from any teachers who are doing similar projects or who have suggestions and ideas for other information to put on this web site. I hope you find Curt's Human Disease Website useful and informative!
Send me email if you have any comments, suggestions or questions!!