New teacher profile: Mr. Perkins

Mr. Perkins
Photo courtesy of Mr. Perkins.

Leeat Elkayam

Staff Writer

Mr. John Perkins, Milken’s new biology and honors chemistry teacher, started working as a summer school teacher in chemistry at Milken this past summer. He was able to meet some of the students and faculty on campus and is excited for his first year at Milken.

Perkins grew up in Santa Ana and moved to the east coast for eight years to be a biomedical engineer. He got his Masters in teaching and taught in Atlanta before moving back to California to teach at Milken. Throughout his career, Perkins has taught geometry, algebra, statistics, chemistry and physics.

Perkins enjoys hiking with his dogs, playing golf and going scuba diving. He feels that scuba diving relates a lot to what he teaches due to the biology that is placed in front of him.

In addition to his knowledge in biology, Perkins understands that the world is very hooked on using technology and that having technology on campus is a big help to get around and communicate.

“I am glad that Milken Community High School is taking those leaps in the field of education with its technology efforts, and I am proud to be a part of this success here at Milken,” Perkins said.

Though he has just started working at Milken, Perkins has found the school a good fit so far. Perkins loves the students and faculty and really likes Milken’s one-to-one approach.

“I felt welcome since the first day I stepped on campus. Everyone is very accommodating and helpful,” he said. “The students and the faculty made it easy to come to Milken.”