• Before I begin my biography, let me say that I am pleased that the students of NPHS recognize my novel approach to teaching. I was selected as the "Teacher Most Likely to Think Outside the Box" in the year 2008-2009. The students voted me the 2009-2010 academic year as the "Most Creative Teacher."  In the year 2014-5, I was voted as "Helping Hand (most likely to help you if you come to me with a problem)."  I have three times been selected as the "Most Inspirational Teacher" by a senior graduating in the Top Ten of the class, the latest being from the graduating class of 2013.  Thank you!

    3 times most inspirational


    In the year 2011-2012, I was nominated for "Best Personality" and "Most Likely to Brighten your Day."
    In 2012-2013, I was nominated as the "Funniest Teacher."
    In 2013-2014, I was nominated as "Most Easy to Relate to."
    I received the vote 2015-2016 for "Biggest Kid at Heart."
    Thank you for these honors!

    I am in my forteenth year of teaching, bringing to the classroom an advanced degree in chemistry as well as over 20 years of experience in the chemical industry. I have traveled to over 20 countries, 35 states and made technical presentations throughout North America. I also was an amateur radio announcer for eight years.

    I started my professional career in the laboratory as an industrial analytical chemist, where I answered such questions as to what a chemical was or how much of it there was in a mixture. From there I moved to sales, where I was in charge of all the technical aspects in sales in the North American subsidiary of an international chemical company.

    Prior to joining the staff at North Plainfield, my last teaching adventure was in mainland China, where I held the post of Adjunct Professor in a private college in Taiyuan, in the Shanxii province.

    I welcome any concerned parent, guardian or student to contact me at my school e-mail address: john_patrick@nplainfield.org.

    A note in my mailbox in the high school office is welcome. This is the best way to contact me if you need a fast response, as I check my mail several times daily.

    Allow me to add that I am enjoying spending class time with every one of my students. I also hope that I can continue to be a resource for them in the future.

    Any of my students (or even those not in my classes) is welcome to contact me for extra help. I am available during certain periods in the day or after school in Room 247. My schedule is posted on my web site as well as the classroom.  Please ask! I do not want to find out that you did not know the subject matter leading to a low quiz or test score.

    I was a witness to the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11/01 from the NJ side of the Hudson.  This is my memoir of my experience.

    Here are some photos of a few of the places I've visited. Enjoy!

    Entrance to Forbidden City, Beijing Caravan in the Sahara Desert Aztec temples, Mexico Hoo-Doo, Alberta Canada

    Low Tide, Nova Scotia Great Smoky Mountains, TN Jackson Dam, Grand Tetons WY Wild horses, Assateague State Park VA
    Trakai Castle, Lithuania
    Wawel Castle, Poland Salzburg, Austria Urquhart Castle, Scotland
    Grand Palace, Thailand St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow Antigua, Guatemala cathedral, San Salvador
    Hall of Mosses, WA La Brea Tar Pit, CA Elk, Allegheny Mtns PA Fern Canyon, CA