Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. GEORGE G. CHOON
If you need to contact me, the best way is to e-mail me at George.Choon@marion.k12.fl.us
This will be my 14th year teaching at West Port High School. I currently teach AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, and Honors Chemistry. I have taught for 26 years including 13 years in my hometown of Miami. I am a University of Miami graduate with a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry. Go Canes! I also earned a master of science degree in science education from Florida International University (FIU). I include in my education my career in the US Army in which I proudly served 8 years as an officer up to the rank of Captain. Part of my military duty was serving with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, the "Black Horse" in Kuwait, Saudia Arabia, and Germany. Our motto was "Allons" which means "Let's Go!"
My family includes my wife, Roxana, and three energetic boys including 10 year old twins entering 5th grade, and a 14 year old boy entering 9th grade here at West Port. My own child goes to West Port High School which tells you that I believe in my heart that this is an excellent school!
Some Philosophical Thoughts:
1. How best to learn: "First I heard and soon forgot....Next I saw and remembered.....Finally I did it and only then did I understand!." We will learn by doing! It is the only true way to learn. Also please remember that teaching is what I do to you, however, learning is what you do to yourself. No one ever learned by osmosis or just by watching how its done. I can do Physics and Chemistry but only after having solved lots and lots of practice problems and doing many experiments. I still make mistakes and understand that is part of the process. I am learning too. As a teacher, I endeavor to learn so that others may learn. I expect frustration and welcome it as a sign that learning is occurring. It is similar to an athlete who is conditioning their body for success and feels sore during the workouts. Frustration is the brain's soreness and eventually with continual practice, it goes away or becomes minimal. Failure often occurs many times before eventual success and that is just part of the process of becoming excellent.
2. Don't Eat The Marshmallow...Yet! Click to see why not.
3. "Don't Get Comfortable!". Some students and teachers have a "minimax" philosophy of minimum effort for maximum return. Mastery of any complex subject requires a continual effort beyond the minimum. Let's borrow the manifesto of the American Clothing line American Giant:
"COMFORTABLE ISN'T COMFORTABLE
COMFORTABLE NEVER GOT UP BEFORE DAWN
COMFORTABLE HAS NOTHING TO PROVE
COMFORTABLE NEVER CHANGED THE GAME
COMFORTABLE DOESN'T HAVE NEW IDEAS
COMFORTABLE WON'T DIVE IN HEAD FIRST
COMFORTABLE ISN'T THE AMERICAN DREAM
COMFORTABLE HAS NO GUTS
COMFORTABLE NEVER DARES TO BE GREAT"
"DON'T GET COMFORTABLE!"