While substituting a required speech class for classroom laboratory instruction during college, Neely Clapp was inspired to become a teacher. He continued with this into his career in the United States Coast Guard. Since then he has been a teacher in a variety of different environments from mountain guiding to college instruction.
He found that teaching brings both renewed energy and joy in the process of connecting and challenging student to learn. As a science teacher, he thinks the classrooms should be fun and exciting, allowing his lessons to connect to the students’ everyday life. Beyond the classroom he likes to: douse everything he eats with Sriracha sauce, climb things with inoperable musical instruments, get out of the country when he can, and play underwater hockey (it is a real sport!). He also most recently finished his PhD in Science Education.