Course Taught: Honors Chemistry & General Chemistry
Room Number: B209
Marvin Claus is a new teacher at Poston Butte who will be teaching Honors Chemistry and Chemistry. He enjoys intellectually engaging students and helping them become more proficient as critical thinkers, using logic, reason, and mathematics to understand chemistry concepts and develop problem-solving skills. Marvin graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Later, he again graduated from Missouri State University with a Master of Arts in Biology. Having been inspired by high school teachers, Marvin used his education to gain a teaching position at Fordland R-III High School in Fordland, Missouri where he taught Biology and Chemistry for 4 years. Transitioning to the pharmaceutical industry, he worked as a representative, specialist, analyst, business manager and vaccine district manager for the next 30 years. Marvin returned to teaching in 2012 and has since taught Honors Chemistry and General Chemistry in the Higley and Chandler districts. He makes his classroom a place where students not only learn how nature works on the scale of atoms and subatomic particles, but also helps students learn how nature works on the scale of the universe, as well as the place of the Earth in the larger universe.
Marvin has three grown children, one son and two daughters. He also has five grandchildren, two granddaughters, and three grandsons. When Marvin is not in school, he is usually at home doing home improvement projects, reading, playing the guitar or oil painting. His passions include anything to do on or near the water, primitive camping, fine art museums or science museums. Marvin is a movie buff and prefers (of course) science fiction (with correct science in them) and action adventure over drama. If he were not a high school teacher, he would prefer to be a university professor and conduct basic research in Limnology (the biology, chemistry and physics of inland waters and estuaries) to improve and maintain precious water resources.