During his senior year of high school, Jon was greatly influenced by his physics teacher. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in physics with an emphasis in education from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Jon began his teaching career in suburban Chicago in 1988, where he taught physics and math at an all-girls, private school for three years before relocating to Oregon. For more than 25 years, Jon has taught physics at Oregon High School and now also teaches Principles of Engineering and Earth & Space Science. One of the highlights of his career included testing the first version of Vernier’s accelerometer during a bungee-jumping field trip he attended while participating in a summer workshop at Project PHYSLab in Portland, Oregon. While on the trip, he made history as the first person to bungee jump with probeware attached to his body. In his spare time, Jon enjoys reading, brewing beer and wine, camping and backpacking.