Mr. Brandan Ward » Bio


I took an uncommon route to be your chemistry teacher at O'Farrell! After high school, I joined the Navy and spent 13 years as a "nuc" on submarines. This involved working on many different tasks associated with the nuclear reactor ranging from monitoring temperatures, to water chemistry control, to working inside radiation areas (I wish I had pictures, but they aren't allowed). After years spending my time in a steel tube underwater, I went back to school at Point Loma Nazarene University and earned a degree in Environmental Science and then a teaching credential. During my undergrad, I spent a summer in Michigan doing some research to reintroduce the Arctic Grayling (Learn more here. I love science and I look forward to helping every student develop a strong chemistry foundation.
I have a wife and three children (3, 6 and 17 years old). Together we do lots of traveling and camping and playing in the outdoors (at least we did before COVID-19). I'm also active in my church and enjoy photography and woodworking in the little spare time I get.
If I can answer a question or offer you help (or your child) please reach out to me via email. I will do everything I can this year to support our students through chemistry.