Mr. McKinley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University. He began his teaching career in MPS in 1997 at Brimhall Jr. High before moving to Skyline High School in 2000. During his teaching career Mr. McKinley has also coached basketball, golf, softball and, more recently, served as an Adjunct Professor at Mesa Community College teaching BIO 181 for majors.
Prior to my teaching career I worked in private industry as a lab chemist conducting tests on mineral samples for precious metals, on human body fluids
for elicit drugs, on municipal water samples to meet state clean water standards, and on livestock feed samples for nutritional value. Without a doubt, teaching is much more fun!
I also worked for the US Forest Service as wildlife biologist principally involved with:
- Northern Spotted Owl populations in the forests of Central California
- Mexican Spotted Owl & Goshawk populations in Northern Arizona
- Wildlife habitat improvement projects in timber sale areas in nearby Tonto National Forest.
While attending the U of A, I worked as a paid undergraduate research assistant in the Plant Sciences Department studying cell biology, genetics, and tissue culture of alfalfa plants, and in a College of Medicine study that measured the presence of biological and chemical indoor air pollutants and their affects on human health. I draw on this diverse science experience each day as I strive to make biology as interesting and as real to my students as possible.
On a more personal note, I regularly participate in all kinds of outdoor activities which include hiking, camping, and exploring remote archaeological sites. From time to time, I am privileged to play piano and keyboards in my church band.
I am married and have three boys who attend Red Mt. High School & Fremont Junior High and a spunky 3 year old daughter who helps keep me busy, humble and young-ish.