University Cooperative School

5601 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

John Ervin

It’s no wonder science comes up as a favorite subject for many kids!

At University Cooperative School, science is hands-on, experiential, and project-based. Our recent science carnival featured kid-designed pinball machines, computer games, trebuchet launchers, miniature golf and remote-controlled battle bots.

John is the mastermind behind our science program. He has a knack for introducing curriculum in the form of explorations which inspire attention, creativity, and devotion to the scientific journey. Along the way, students absorb key concepts and sound methodology – and share in his passion for the universe and for the way our world fits together.

John’s passion for teaching began with environmental and outdoor education, then evolved into Spanish and elementary teaching certification and teaching in Washington state, Pennsylvania, and in South Korea. He taught science at the Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Science Center, Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, and other local organizations. He’s an inspired, life-long student, and was most recently sighted learning about paleontology at DIG School, a professional development program at an active paleontological site in Hell Creek, Montana.

John grew up only a few miles away from University Co-op, and is tickled to be teaching in his childhood neighborhood. While his childhood was happy and full of many good choices, there was a brief period around 5th grade when he had a rat tail and wore a long t-shirt tucked into a fanny pack. He believes he would have fit well into U Co-op’s fashion sense, and, like many students, realized quickly in middle school that a change might be a good idea.

John has two cats and one wife. He runs around Greenlake 2-4 times a week, crafts with Perler beads and craft wire, and has written two rather unpublishable young adult novels. Most people don’t know that he has twelve titanium/ceramic teeth and expects to be certified as a Registered Investment Advisor in the near future. His favorite color is purple, but he’s also a strong backer of green, and teal’s stock is rapidly appreciating.