Meet Tom and Kentucky

My role at Gateway: I am a part time biology professor here at Gateway.

“Kentucky the Owl” is a non-releasable Great Horned Owl who is covered under a US Fish & Wildlife Service education permit. Kentucky visits science classes at Gateway and K-12 schools in northern Kentucky.

Years at Gateway: Kentucky and I have been teaching at Gateway since Fall Semester of 2008. 

Where am I from?: Kentucky and I are both from Ohio, but from different places. I grew up in southern Ohio while Kentucky is from Medina County near Cleveland, Ohio.

Why do I do what I do?: I love interacting with people who have an interest in learning. Seeing someone get excited about something they learned or what they are doing is what it’s all about.

Kentucky enjoys doing education programs because he likes to be the center of attention.

My philosophy: I love teaching because it allows me to share exciting and marvelous things about the world. Learning about science is like exploring mysteries in our own lives: “Why do I look more like my dad than my mom?”, “Why do I feel tired in the afternoon?”, “Why is the grass green?” Learning is about being able to use information to solve problems or improve lives. I hope the way I teach encourages people to do things with what they learn.

Kentucky the Owl likes it when people make new discoveries about him: “Wow, I didn’t know owls’ eyes were so big!” “He blinks one eye at a time.” “He has feathers all the way down his toes.”

Why I like our students: Students at Gateway realize that education really does improve a person’s life. Many of the students I’ve worked with came into class apprehensive about science but were willing to give it a try.

That’s what life and learning are all about! Just give something your best effort and see where it takes you. Most of my students came out of class not only telling me what they have enjoyed learning, but helped me learn new things along the way, too.

To be honest, I really don’t know what Kentucky the Owl thinks about our Gateway students. Maybe, you should enroll in a biology class and come see for yourself what he thinks.

About me: In addition to science, I enjoy history and the outdoors. So, it’s not surprising that I direct two non-profit organizations to education and preservation. One, as you might guess, focuses on science education and research here in northern Kentucky. The other is the historical society in my hometown in Ohio.

Seriously, a good education will let you do just about anything you set your mind to. An education sets a person free.