This is my second year as Academy Coordinator at San Diego Academy of Art and Science, and third year with Julian Charter School. Prior to coming to JCS, I taught middle school for eight years; 7th grade English for two years, self-contained 7th grade for one year, 7th grade English and 6th grade science for one year, and 6th-8th science and social studies for four years. With so many years as a middle school teacher, San Diego Academy was a perfect fit for me.
On a more personal level, I grew up in San Diego, and now live in East County with my husband and two kids. I graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BA in Liberal Studies. I have a multiple subject credential with a specialization in science and a supplementary authorization in English; as well as a single subject credential in Science, biology specific.
This is my 11th year at Julian Charter School and my 4th year teaching eighth grade math. I enjoy reading, small home improvement projects, hiking, exercise, movies, and food. I have one child who just graduated high school and I live with my wife, son, and cat in the San Diego community of Linda Vista.
I studied Civil Engineering at the University at California at Berkeley. I pursued this career for four years - two years in Honduras in Central America helping in the building of water systems and latrines for rural communities and two years here in San Diego for ADS Environmental Services analyzing data from a flow meter for sewers. Since I made the switch to education I have enjoyed the challenge, creativity, and discipline of teaching. I especially like teaching middle school math.
Science and Art
My name is Richard Jason Rogalski. I was raised in San Diego, Ca, where I was born in 1970. I am a lifelong, avid artist and have been exhibiting regularly since the early nineties. In my mid-twenties, while living in Baja California, Mexico to study stop-frame animation, I became interested in black holes, subatomic particles and other fascinating areas of science. This study continued over years to become a major body of scientific knowledge that infused my artwork. In 1998, I was accepted to the San Francisco Art Institute. During my years in San Francisco, I began teaching art through several private venues, including the International Children’s Art Museum. I received my BFA in 2001. I used this to move back to Baja, where my wife and I founded & directed a bi-national art organization called Dot-to-Dot that centered on collaborative arts and brought free art classes to elementary schools on both sides of the border, many of these classes were cross border collaborations. I learned a lot of Spanish teaching in Mexico and I realized that I loved to teach. In 2005, I moved to Northern California with my wife & two young sons to study education. At this point, I had also been working with the developmentally disabled population through a wide variety of schools, institutions and group homes for well over 10 years. In 2007, I received my teaching credentials as a single subject teacher in fine art & science. We moved back to San Diego, where I immediately joined Julian Charter Schools teaching both art and science at the secondary level. Continuing night school, I finished my Masters in Education in 2009. Now starting my ninth year with JCS, I especially enjoy the freedom they allow me to teach cross curriculum projects in small classes that let me to offer specialized attention to each student.