Mr. Carmichael is currently a middle school science teacher at Grandville Middle School and has taught Earth Science classes for both middle school and high school in the district for over 20 years. He currently teaches 7th grade Weather and Climate classes to all of the 7th grade students.
Mr. Carmichael received his Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology with minors in physics and mathematics form the University of Oklahoma in 1979. While there he served as president of the university chapter of the American Meteorological Society as well as working on staff as a technician for the Atmospheric Sciences Department. Mr. Carmichael also worked on the Tornado Chase teams for 2 years photographing evidence for research on the development of, what was then, an experimental version of Doppler Radar.
After graduation, Mr. Carmichael accepted a position working with The North Dakota Weather Modification Board as a field meteorologist in charge of guidance and monitoring aircraft seeding severe thunderstorms for hail suppression for the agricultural communities. Mr. Carmichael then accepted a position working with General Motors Research Labs as an Assistant Research Meteorologist developing computer models for atmospheric pollution studies.
In 1982 Mr. Carmichael was offered, and accepted, a position with WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan as an on-air Broadcast Meteorologist where he served the Southwest Michigan viewing community for 12 and a half years providing weather forecasts, science related news stories, and assisting in training severe weather spotters in many counties as well as being a storm spotter for Ottawa County. Mr. Carmichael also became involved in local education by speaking with various schools and businesses about weather forecasting and severe weather.
In 1992, Mr. Carmichael received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and his Teaching Certification in Science and Mathematics from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In December of 1992 Mr. Carmichael accepted a long-term substitute position at Grandville Middle School and was hired full-time in August of 1993.
In August of 2004 Mr. Carmichael received his Masters of Science in Educational Technology from Walden University and was transferred to Grandville High School teaching Physics. While there Mr. Carmichael developed, and implemented classes in Meteorology and Astronomy for the school as well as teaching the physics classes.
In August of 2008, Mr. Carmichael moved back to the middle school to teach Weather and Climate at the 7th grade level to meet the state curriculum being developed in science. Mr. Carmichael also served as assistant coach for the district's Science Olympiad teams from 1994 through 2012 as well as serving as head coach during the 1995-96 school year. In that year the teams went on to win 1st place in the regional tournaments and placed 9th in the state tournament out of over 40 districts. Mr. Carmichael currently serves the middle and high school teams as an academic advisor and has been actively involved on the School Improvement Team for the middle school for the past 4 years.
Science Topics is a 12 week/ 1 trimester class that covers the topics of weather and climate. Students from teams 71, 72, and 73 are enrolled together in this class each trimester. Because of the nature of the material that is covered in this class, much of the curriculum utilizes materials from the Internet on the class websites.
Mr. David Carmichael
Middle School Science Teacher (Science Topics, Science Challenger)