Don Hyatt School Photo

Donald W. Hyatt

2001-2002 Homepage


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 at the 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 advocates, 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.

Computer Science and Advanced CS Classes at TJ

These are the courses I often teach at TJ:

Things of Personal Interest

Azalea Painting
When I have time, I enjoy painting watercolor illustrations, especially of botanical subjects. Please visit my Watercolor Galleries of Botanical Illustrations:
Garden Photo
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.
Don Hyatt in T-Shirt
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.
Autumn Field
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.
My Dog
Here is the true story about my dog Lucy, an abused animal who has had a very difficult life. Be kind to animals.
Tree Damage to House
Take a look at the trees that wrecked my house during the Blizard of '93.
ThinkQuest Logo
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)
Chess Dominion     Second Prize, Interdisciplinary ($12,000)
The Soundry     Grand Prize - Best in Contest and Java Award, Math and Science ($27,500)
Totally Tessellated     First Prize, Arts and Literature ($15,000)
Driving Under the Influence     Third Prize and Java Award,Sports and Health ($11,000)
Energy Matters     Fifth Prize, Math and Science ($3,000)
AeroNet     Platinum Award, Math and Science ($15,000)
The Asian Century: Paths to Power     Gold Award, Social Studies ($10,000)
Computer Ethics     Silver Award, Social Studies ($5,000)
Sleep - From A to Zzz     Silver Award, Sports and Health ($5,000)

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