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Project Director III for Outdoor and Marine Science Field Study Programs.
Gary Widdison brings an interesting and diverse teaching and leadership history to the LACOE Science Team. Gary loves teaching and teachers and is passionate about Science Inquiry.

Gary began his career in the Palmdale School District, at Tumbleweed School, where he taught fifth grade. Gary developed and taught a hands-on science lab where the opportunity to try the same lesson multiple times in quick succession, refining the curriculum and instruction each time.

At the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Gary spent ten years as the on-camera science teacher for TEAMS Distance Learning, a live, interactive television program for students in grades 4, 5, and 6, serving some 125,000 students in 21 states. Currently, Gary is a member of the Science Education unit at LACOE and the project director of the Los Angeles County Outdoor Science Field Study Programs, which include the residential Outdoor Science Schools and the Marine Science Floating Lab. Mr. Widdison is the director of the Los Angeles County Science Olympiad and an advisor to the Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair.

Gary was born and raised in Southern California and received his Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and teaching credentials from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

Mr. Widdison is committed “to more and better science education for more students.” He loves to learn about, reflect on, and talk about how kids think and learn.

And most important of all, his is wife and kids generally think he is a nice guy.
You can reach Gary at

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