By Diane Lee
Mrs. Washburn’s students from last year may know Mr. Ulle, who has now become a full-time chemistry teacher here at LCHS. Having come on short notice, he took on the difficult job of having to adjust to and teach brand new faces. After subbing for Mrs. Washburn for the last quarter of the 2014-2015 school year, he now enjoys the privilege of teaching six periods of chemistry.
Mr Ulle previously worked as a chemical engineer, but later decided to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a chemistry teacher. He’s always had a passion for chemistry and was fascinated by the subject. He then taught chemistry in San Diego, but he jumped at the opportunity to teach at LCHS.
“Academics seems to be the students’ main priority here,” he stated. “It wasn’t like that at my old school.”
After his short experience at LCHS last year, he made the decision to permanently teach here. Praising the students’ work ethic and the academically motivated environment at this school, he expressed anticipation for the many more years he hopes to teach here.
Mr Ulle’s goal for the year is to help students realize that “learning is more important than their grades.” He emphasizes that rather than trying to get the A, students should strive to genuinely understand and comprehend the material. Out of the many difficulties he will have to face this year, he says the one he dreads most is saying goodbye to his students at the end of the year.
When asked what words of wisdom he lived by, Mr. Ulle repeated his favorite quote by Albert Einstein: “The distinction between the past, present, and future is an illusion, but a very persistent one.”
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