Name: Jeffrey Edward Chaffins
Age: 52
Birthday: February 3, 1966
Residence: Huntington, WV
Family: Married, Becky; two children, Kristen and Abby
Pets: Golden Retriever: Jessie; Chocolate Lab: Lucy

Baccalaureate Degree:
  • B.S. Degree, Chemistry, Marshall University, 1988

Advanced Degrees:
  • M.S. Degree, Marshall University, 1996
  • M.A. Degree, Marshall University, 2016

Major: Chemistry
Minors: Biology, Math, English, German, History

Professional Certification (West Virginia):
  • Chemistry
  • General Science

Professional Certification (Ohio):
  • Chemistry

Professional Certification (Kentucky)
  • Chemistry (pending)

  • SVHS Girls Tennis Head Coach
  • SVHS Boys Tennis Head Coach
  • SVHS Golf Head Coach
  • Chemistry Club Sponsor
  • E.AR.T.H. Club Sponsor
  • Astronomy Club /Pulsar Search Collaboratory sponsor
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Recognitions / Affiliations:
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry Institute
  • G.L.O.B.E. Teacher
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Institutes
  • National Center for the Advancement of STEM Education
  • Buck Institute for Education
  • American Chemical Society
  • WV Science Teachers Association
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • T.R.E.K. Biochemistry Research Program (MU)
  • Marshall University Research Corporation
  • Appalachian Regional Environmental Research Institute
  • Northeastern Kentucky Game and Fish Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • WV Youth Science Camp – Physical Science Coordinator
  • WVDE NextGen Science Standards Steering Committee
  • WVDE Earth Science Praxis Review Committee
  • WVDE Instructional Materials Review Committee
  • WV Governor's Honors Academy "Outstanding Educator" Award (2012, 2014)
  • American Association of Chemistry Teachers
  • P.E.R.T. Biochemistry Research Program (MU)
  • WVDE Educator Preparation Program Review Board (EPPRB)

Weird Facts

Hobbies and Interests: fishing, hunting, archery, golf, reading

Favorite color: Blue

My first car: 1985 Chevrolet Chevette064.JPG

My first job: cleaning the butcher shop at a local grocery store

Most valuable possession: Holy Bible

Coolest place I've ever been: A mountaintop in northwestern Montana

Favorite historical figure: Daniel Boone

Favorite scientist: Albert Einstein

Favorite American Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan

Favorite ice cream: Grape Pineapple from Austin’s

Favorite football teams, pro: Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers

Favorite baseball team: Cincinnati Reds

Favorite powertool: Chain saw

Favorite Restaurants: Texas Roadhouse, Pies & Pints, Roccos

Favorite candy bar: Milky Way

Favorite galaxy: Milky Way

Favorite Kool Aid: Grape

Plaid or paisley? Plaid

Favorite fishing lure? Woolly Bugger

Remington or Winchester? Remington

Dell or HP? Dell

Favorite classical composer? Franz Joseph Haydn

Favorite poet? Robert Frost

Pepsi or Coke? Coke

Sprite or Sierra Mist? Sprite

Iron Man or Captain America? Captain America

Superman or Batman? Superman

Chevy or Ford? Chevy

Foreign countries I would like to visit: New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland

Fancy sports car or 4 x 4 pickup truck? 4 x 4 pickup truck

Favorite household appliance: microwave oven

Myrtle Beach or Virginia Beach? Myrtle Beach

Favorite cereal: Apple Jacks

Items I collect: antique fishing reels.

Favorite comic strip: The Far Side

Strangest place I have ever been: The Salem Witch Museum in Salem, Massachusetts

Favorite TV Series, in no particular order: Lost, Breaking Bad, Duck Dynasty, M*A*S*H, Andy Griffith, Cheers, Seinfeld

Favorite movies, in no particular order: Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Star Wars movies, The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, Rudy, Rocky, Good Will Hunting

Favorite Music Genre: Classic Rock: 1975-1985

I read..... a lot !

Last Fiction I read:
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer
  • The Broker by John Grisham
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
  • A Thread that Runs So True by Jesse Stuart
  • Locked On by Tom Clancy
  • Threat Vector by Tom Clancy
  • Brain by Robin Cook
  • The Litigators by John Grisham
  • Command Authority by Tom Clancy
  • The Summons by John Grisham
  • Hie to the Hunter by Jesse Stuart
  • Full Force and Effect by Tom Clancy
  • Under Fire by Tom Clancy
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown
  • The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer
  • The Sixth Extinction by John Rollins
  • The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
  • Sniper's Honor by Stephen Hunter
  • The Quest by Nelson DeMille
  • A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
  • The Trout Whisperers by Peter Bodo
  • Duty and Honor by Tom Clancy
  • The Devil Colony by John Rollins
  • To Try Men's Souls by Fortschen/Gingrich
  • In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Valley Forge - Crucible of Victory by Fortschen/Gingrich

Last Non-Fiction I read:
  • Tale of the Devil: A Biography of Devel Anse Hatfield by Coleman C. Hatfield
  • Flyfishing Through the Mid-Life Crisis by Howell Raines
  • The Invisible Universe by Gerritt Vershuur
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • The Wilderness Hunter by Theodore Roosevelt
  • A Sand County Almanac and Other Essays on Conservation from Round River by Aldo Leopold
  • Control - Exposing the Truth About Guns by Glenn Beck
  • A Hunter's Heart by David Peterson
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Arguing with Idiots by Glenn Beck
  • On the Spine of Time by Harry Middleton
  • Harvey Penick's Little Red Book of Golf by Harvey Penick
  • The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein

My "Top Ten Most Irritating People in the World" list, in no particular order:
  • people who use excessive profanity in casual conversation
  • lazy underachievers
  • loud eaters
  • smokers
  • rude and/or disrespectful people
  • guys who wear baseball caps backwards (immaturity)
  • people with excessive tatoos and want to show the whole world
  • inconsiderate, self-absorbed people
  • people who won't discipline their children
  • people with entitlement issues

Some Favorite Quotes:
  • "It is better to be silent and thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." -- Mark Twain
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -- Albert Einstein
  • “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” -- Michelangelo
  • “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” -- Benjamin Franklin
  • "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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