James Lincoln, Program Director

James Lincoln, MS, MEd, has been teaching Physics and other subjects to a wide range of students in Southern California for over 10 years. He has served as an AP Exam Reader three times and is currently the President of the Southern California American Association of Physics Teachers. He has also served as Vice President of SCAAPT during which cofounded the SCAAPT New Physics Teacher Workshop. James has won several science video contests and has consulted on TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” WebTV’s “This vs. That” and the UCLA Physics Video project. James' educational interests include the History of Physics, Education of Women in Physics, and Science Video Production.

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James Lincoln on the surface of Mars

Chija Bauer

Hi! My name is Chija, and I have been teaching physics for over 15 years, how is that even possible? I earned my masters in physics, specializing in physics education research. I have taught at the high school and college level to both engineering majors and pre-service elementary education majors. I am currently the VP for high schools for the Southern California American Association of Physics Teachers. I LOVE teaching, especially physics. I want to make physics accessible and enjoyable to my students. Just as important, I want “my kids” to leave my classroom with the tools that they gained and not forget most of what they learned in my class. I have recently been implementing a form of the modeling method to teach physics which is highly student centered and inquiry based. I am thrilled to be apart of NPTW, and love working with other teachers to share our passion for our craft.


Frank Lee

Frank has taught physics since 2008 at an LAUSD public high school in Downtown Los Angeles. His background and interests include mechanical engineering, computer troubleshooting and technical support, web design and programming, education theory, and cognitive and behavioral psychology. Frank likes teaching applications of physics to everyday life and finding and addressing student misconceptions.


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Bill Layton

Bill Layton is a retired High School physics teacher who has taught all levels of physics from the most basic to both Advanced Placement-B and Advanced Placement-C. He has continued to work in the UCLA physics department with undergraduate and graduate students preparing to teach secondary school science.  He is very active in the Southern California AAPT and has served in many positions including president and high school vice president.  Most recently he is a co-founder of the NPTW and has participated with the other three workshops leaders in all of the past workshops.  He enthusiastically supports the efforts of the NPTW and sincerely believes that new physics teachers will be helped with special attention and encouragement as they begin the arduous yet rewarding task of teaching physics. He also finds working with enthusiastic new physics teachers a very rewarding experience.


Bill Layton