Morristown-Beard Upper School science teacher Paul Fisher recently received a very complimentary – and very public – shout-out from a former student. In the July/August issue of Popular Mechanics, Mr. Fisher is praised by alumnus Alex George ’05 – now the Editor in Chief of the magazine – as “brilliant, funny, inspiring, way overqualified, he earns every superlative you can give a teacher.”
George, who took Mr. Fisher’s Earth Science Honors class in 9th Grade, recalled Mr. Fisher’s influence in his Letter from the Editor, “Moon-Landing Deniers? I Kinda Get It.” You can read the letter here.
Before joining Morristown-Beard School, Paul Fisher worked at NASA in various roles, first at Brown University and then at the California Institute of Technology at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Drawing on his previous work experience and NASA connections, Mr. Fisher has been able to bring many exciting real-world opportunities into his classes at MBS. Over the past decade, his students have had a unique opportunity to remotely operate a 110-foot radio telescope located at NASA’s Deep Space Communication Complex in California as part of the Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) program. MBS students have also participated in the Mars Student Imaging Program, using real mission tools to target a Mars orbital camera. In 2016, the MBS team led by Jordan Ober ’16 and Mr. Fisher earned the top prize in the Mars Exploration Student Data Team competition.
Alex George joined Popular Mechanics in 2014 where he has served as an Associate Editor and Technology Editor before being named Editor in Chief last February. He has also written for Wired magazine, San Francisco Weekly, and Wirecutter. After graduating from Morristown-Beard School, he earned a B.A. in English from Skidmore College and an M.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.