Donald W. Hyatt
I am in my 32nd year of teaching in the
Fairfax County Public Schools System,
and like many teachers in the state who are over 50 years of age and have
taught for so long, I have retired but I am back at school again, teaching
only part time now.
From the time TJHSST opened in 1985 until my retirement, I was the Director of the Computer Systems Laboratory
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the Governor's
Magnet school in northern Virginia.
I earned my Masters degree in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University, and my undergraduate degree, also from
VPI, in the field of Biochemistry and Nutrition with a double major
in Horticulture including an option in Food Science Technology.
I have had art training from my late mother and
grandfather who were both commercial artists. I enjoy doing things
that are creative and artistic whenever possible, which does include teaching.
If you are interested in more about me, I have a
resume on line.
I really appreciate the great team of dedicated
student system administrators who keep our CS Lab
running. Without their help, we wouldn't have our Internet domain, our
network, the web server, our awesome Intranet,
or even computers for students to use in the upper
level CS classes. Past sysadmins have been strong Perl
and I have finally joined the throng. Perl is definitely a great
language, but I have now moved on to PHP,
an enhancement to HTML as my favorite language.
These are the courses I often teach at TJ:
Things of Personal Interest
|| When I have time, I enjoy painting watercolor illustrations,
especially of botanical subjects. Please visit my
Watercolor Galleries of Botanical Illustrations:
My Central Garden Page
Come visit my Garden at the home that my late parents built in 1951.
I landscaped the property and have maintained this garden for over 40 years.
I have lots of educational links to environmental and botanical interests there.
Let me tell you about the
Don Hyatt Diet and exercise program.
I started losing weight in 1988 by changing my lifestyle,
and I've managed to keep those 60 pounds off all this time.
Would you like to see the farm I bought in the
mountains of Virginia? It was a bargain in 1971 at $300 per acre,
though I wouldn't sell it today for any price.
When I retire, I plan to open a nursery business there, or maybe
just enjoy the scenery.
Here is the true story about my dog Lucy, an
abused animal who has had a very difficult life. Be kind to animals.
Take a look at the
trees that wrecked my house during the Blizard of '93.
In the CS Lab, we really appreciate
ThinkQuest. I've coached a lot of teams in the past three
years. Here are the ThinkQuest projects of my students that have
made it to the International Finals of this awesome competition, and the
scholarship money that each student on the team received:
From The Ground Up: A Guide to C + +
Special Award for Outstanding Technical Merit ($20,000)
The Online POV-Ray Tutorial
First Prize, Interdisciplinary ($15,000)
The Holocaust: A Tragic Legacy
First Prize, Social Science ($15,000)
You Are What You Eat: A Guide
to Good Nutrition
First Prize, Sports and Health ($15,000)
Baseball: The Game and Beyond
Fourth Prize, Sports and Health ($6,000)
Second Prize, Interdisciplinary ($12,000)
Grand Prize - Best in Contest and Java Award, Math and Science ($27,500)
First Prize, Arts and Literature ($15,000)
Driving Under the Influence
Third Prize and Java Award,Sports and Health ($11,000)
Fifth Prize, Math and Science ($3,000)
Platinum Award, Math and Science ($15,000)
The Asian Century: Paths to Power
Gold Award, Social Studies ($10,000)
Silver Award, Social Studies ($5,000)
Sleep - From A to Zzz
Silver Award, Sports and Health ($5,000)
Copyright © Donald W. Hyatt