Welcome to the home page for Mr. Carstens (also known as "The Carstenator" or "Captain Quirk"). I have been a teacher at Poly since 1996, and my students, as well as my former students and colleagues make my job enjoyable and enriching. This site contains information about me, the classes I teach and how you can contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
To say a bit about my approach to teaching, I believe that education is one of the most important aspects of life, and so I take my job seriously and expect my students to work, to develop their literacy and to show respect. But I also believe that learning should be interesting and fun, and I agree with Dale Carnegie, who stated that: "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they do." So my approach contains a balance between "serious work" and "fun work" --and I don't just teach "material" but I also teach students about life, good values and success.
South High School (Torrance, CA): Class of 1983
El Camino College (Torrance, CA): Attended 1984-1986
Cambridge University (England): Semester Abroad, Feb.-May, 1986
Loyola Marymount University (LA, CA): BA-English, 1989
Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA): Teaching Credential, 1991
Cal State Northridge, (Northridge, CA): MA-English, 2000
Life: All the time
Teacher, Poly High School: 1996-Present
Adjunct Associate Professor, College of the Canyons: 2001-Present
Co-Founder, Enrichment for Educators (Prof. Dev. for Teachers): 2001-Present
Hobbies/Interests/Stuff you wouldn't know unless you read it here:
• I have a beautiful wife and five wonderful children.
• I write and have sometimes been published.
• I play piano for a church choir.
• I lived in Spain for a year, and learned to speak Spanish fluently.
• I sometimes help Poly students to go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Best Contact Email: email@example.com
(I can be contacted through the "Contact" link below, too, but I don't check that as often as the one above.)