Left to right: Tom, Sue, and
Christina in New York City in August 2006.
My name is
Tom James. Most of the year, I teach mathematics (and some years
astronomy) at Chaffey High School in
California. I live in Upland (the city immediately north of Ontario)
with my wife, Sue. Our twenty-two-year-old daughter, Christina
graduated in 2015 from UC Berkeley
(my wife's and my alma mater) with a BA in history and a BS in society and
environment. She works at the
Frederick Law Olmsted National
Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts. Our other daughter,
Colleen, graduated from Westmont College
in 1999, and completed her Master of Science degree and her PhD in
Environmental Sciences at
UC Riverside. Colleen serves as
the research director of Future of
Fish and has contributed to other organizations and authors involved
with environmental concerns and sustainability issues. Colleen's
Ryan Howell completed his Master of Science degree and his PhD in
Behavioral Psychology at UC Riverside and now serves on the faculty of the
San Francisco State University
Department of Psychology. In
January 2013, they welcomed the birth of their first child and our first
grandchild. I have been a follower of
for more than 35 years.
We made our second trip to Alaska in
2007. Pictured are Sue, Christina, Ryan, Colleen and Tom standing on
the Matanuska Glacier.
astronomy, camping and backpacking, playing guitar, gardening, computers
and sports. I grew up in
South Pasadena (the
natives will assure you that it is not part of Pasadena) the oldest
of five children. My mom was from
Cambridge, Ohio and lived most
Upland until she passed away in 2015. My dad was from
Macon, Georgia, and passed away
in 1998. After graduating from
South Pasadena High School in 1972, I earned a bachelor's degree in
Astronomy from the University of
California at Berkeley . My favorite football team is the
California Golden Bears (GO BEARS!)
whom I follow faithfully each year (seems always to be a disappointing but character building
After working for fifteen years in private industry as
an electronics engineer, production engineer, and production manager, I
entered teaching. I earned my teaching credential and a Master of
Arts degree in Education from the
Claremont Graduate University in 1992. Since I started teaching, I
have studied chaos theory and experimented with mathematical models of
dynamical systems. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to pursue research
astronomy having co-published articles in the October 1994 Astrophysical
Journal Supplement and June 20, 1999 Astrophysical Journal reporting
research which utilized the Hubble Space
Telescope in 1996.
This is my twenty-fifth year teaching at Chaffey.
Acknowledgments of those who have
helped me along the way...
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A few more
Bike riding in San Francisco in 2009.
Left to right: Tom, Christina, Colleen, Sue, and Ryan.
At Yellowstone Falls in
Yellowstone National Park
in 2010. Left to right: Tom, Sue, Christina, and Tom's mom.
After Cal defeated UCLA 43-17 on October 6, 2012. It could be a very long
time before something like that happens again. Left to right: Christina,
Tom, Ryan, and Colleen.
Cambria, California (about half way from LA to San Francisco on the coast)
in 2014. Left to right: Tom, Colleen, Ryan, and Sue; in front: Kathleen
the reception following the UC Berkeley History Department commencement
exercises on May 20, 2015.
Mr. Harvey once told me that daughters were special, but granddaughters
were a different kind of special. As usual, he's right.