Larry A. Scheckel
Larry Scheckel is the author of Ask a Science Teacher (Experiment/Workman, 2013) and he taught physics and aerospace science to more than four thousand high school students in Tomah, Wisconsin during his 38 years in the classroom. Named Tomah Teacher of the Year three times, Scheckel received the Presidential Award from the State of Wisconsin for six years. He is the recipient of the Tandy Award, Kohl Award, Wisconsin Physics Teacher Award, Health Physics Society Award, Ron Gibbs Award, and Excellence in Science Teaching Award.
A columnist for the Tomah Journal, Scheckel has written 700 weekly columns. His articles have been published in The Science Teacher and The Physics Teacher. He has shared his expertise with teachers at National Science Teacher Association conventions, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, and summer workshops. Scheckel has been a Science Olympiad coach, Robotics mentor, organized field trips and star gazing sessions, and given orientation flights to students. He has given presentations to thousands of adults and students in such venues as Children's Museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, Rotary, and conventions.
Scheckel grew up on a family farm in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin, one of nine children. He attended eight years of a one-room country school, four years of high school, and served a tour of duty in the Army Trained in electronics as a TV broadcast engineer, he married, graduated from UW-Lacrosse, and started a teaching career.
Larry bicycles through the Driftless area of south central Wisconsin, jogs on the back roads, flies a Cessna 150 over the verdant countryside, works crossword puzzles, reads newspapers, historical books, and trade magazines, and operates radio-controlled planes.
Larry and his wife, Ann, are both retired teachers and live in Tomah, Wisconsin.