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Welcome students.  I'm Dr. Jim Pettit, your teacher this year if you are a freshman taking General Employability Skills for Construction (GEMBLES) or if you are a sophomore, junior,or senior taking Principles of Construction 1.  I hope you are looking forward to a class that will challenge you to grow and mature as well as to learn.  We will be working in the classroom and then the wood lab using tools and machinery to apply what you have learned.  Working in the lab with tools and machinery requires maturity and compliance with safety rules and procedures.  
 
I have been working with tools and machinery for more than 50 years and still have all my fingers and my expectation of you is that you will learn from me and follow my guidance so that you also will avoid injury.  I'm looking forward to working with you.
 
Educational Background-
Studied Psychology at Baylor University 1968 thru 1971
B.S. in Industrial Education from Texas A & M, 1973
M. Ed. in Secondary School Administration from Stephan F. Austin University 1976
Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman's University 1996
 
Work Background-
Taught woodworking at Duncanville High School four years - 1973 to 1977.
Self employed custom furniture and cabinet maker 1977 to 1986.
Professional firefighter and EMT-I  for the city of Arlington 1986 to 2008.
Adjunct professor in masters counseling program 1996 to 2002.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 1994 to present and Licensed Professional Counselor 1997 to present.  
Taught woodworking and construction at Lamar High School in Arlington the last eleven years 2008 to 2019.
 
New to Waxahachie High School- fall of 2019.
 
My conference period will be the first period of the day on both A and B days.  I will always be available before school to tutor students and sometime during lunch.
 
You will be able to monitor you academic progress in "Skyward".  I encourage you to stay aware of how you are doing and to consult with me if you are struggling well before the end of the grading period.
 
It is very important for your success that you be faithful to be on time and faithful in attendance.  You will have very little homework so class time will be very important.  Anticipate a wonderful year of learning and growing.