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Harrison Lapahie Jr.

Dad
Harrison Lapahie
Mom
Lillie Todychini
Daughter
Krystal Nizhoni Lapahie

Dad and Dondo at Aunt Yellowhorses trailer in Shiprock NM during World Series, October 1977 Mom and Dondo during summer of 1975 having a barbecue in Provo Utah

Dondo wearing Indian Headdress in 1959 or 1960 in Southern California

Nickname : Dondo
Clan : Bitahnii T1chiinii (Navajo)
Bitahnii (Folded Arms People) blood from mom Lillie Todychini.
T1chiinii (Red Running into Water People) blood from dad Harrison Lapahie.
Birth Date : September 28, 1955
Born Where : El Huerfano Mesa (Dzi[ N1oodi[ii)
San Juan County, New Mexico
Stories : Grandfather And Me
Grave Of A Friend
Kill Me Please!

Life Profile School Profile College Profile Work Profile Extra Photos

Work Profile of Harrison
(Harrison then Harry)

Mr. Lapahie, a Mathematics Teacher at Fremont High School. Harrison has worked continuously since the age of 16, either part-time or full-time, to support himself, his family, or continue his education. His first job was as an Office Worker at "Occidental" Insurance now "TransAmerica" (Broadway and 11th St.) in downtown Los Angeles during the 11th and 12th grade (1971-1973) at Belmont High. Harrison worked 20 hours per week from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm sorting and filing insurance papers. Harrison also hand delivered messages, letters and mail to different departments or offices within the Occidental building complex (made up of one 30-story skyscraper and two 13-story buildings taking up three city blocks). Harrison worked at Occidental from the 11th grade (1971) until his departure for Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah in August 1973.

At BYU (1973-1979) Harrison held a variety of jobs working either 10, 15 or 20 hours per week:

  • Janitor's Assistant (Marriott Center, different Provo/Orem LDS Wards)
  • Sitter (Brimhall Study Room)
  • Library Assistant (Harold B. Lee Library)
  • Research Assistant (Dr. Black, Zoology)
  • Professor's Assistant (actually a Math Tutor for Dr. Douglas, Math Dept and Indian Studies Dept)
  • Pizza Delivery Boy (Pizza Shack, Provo).

    As a BYU Janitor, Harrison got up at 3:30 am, Monday to Friday, walked or bicycled to the Marriott Center about a half mile from the Deseret Tower dorms and started work at 4 am to clean toilets and dust and buff floors and set-up extra seats and the speaker's platform stand for BYU's Marriott Center (similar to the Los Angeles Sports Arena). Harrison also was assigned to wash and buff floors of different LDS (Latter-Day Saint) church buildings in the Provo and Orem area. Harrison got off work at 8 a.m. to eat breakfast and then to attend classes (sometimes he went back to sleep). This job was difficult, especially when it snowed. Imagine the snow blowing horizontally and making a howling sound, and that no one in their right mind would get up at 3:30 a.m. in the morning, and then having to walk or ride a bicycle to get to work in the freezing snow! Sometimes it snowed so hard that the snow blew horizontal packing one side of Harrison's body with snow. While walking or trying to ride a bicycle, Harrison prayed hoping to make it to the Marriott Center by 4 a.m. or back to Deseret Towers (one of the dorms at BYU) at 8 a.m. without freezing! He nearly froze during those times.

    As a Library Worker in the Harold B Lee Library at BYU, Harrison did all that was required of a Librarian and student worker combined! Harrison checked in and out books, shelved books, withdrew books, created library index cards, typed, and created different posters for inside the library. He got pretty good at knowing the call numbers of different subjects, that it became useful when working for the Los Angeles Public Libraries.

    As a Research Assistant to Professor Hal Black of the Biology Department at BYU, Harrison helped the Professor with his research on Bats (Professor Black is known as the Bat Professor). Harrison would literally count the number of different classification of insects that the Professor brought back from his overnight outings and separated them into different petri dishes and bottles, labeling the date when the insects were caught, and the number of each different insect species caught.

    As a Professor's Assistant in the Mathematics Department at BYU, Harrison was assigned to Professor Douglas Garbe to grade the Professor's students homework and test papers. Harrison was also assigned to tutor all the Professor's students receiving low grades. Actually, any student that came seeking help in Mathematics Harrison would help. Harry would sit beside each student seeking help and tutored them in subject courses as: Basic Math, Algebra, Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry and Calculus.

    During Harrison's 1974 BYU summer break, Harrison returned home to Los Angeles and worked with Belmont 1973 Alumnus Hugo Escobar and Raul Lapuz at Pup'n Taco (now Taco Bell), across from the original Tommy's at Beverly Blvd and Rampart St near Belmont High School.

    During Harrison's 1975 BYU summer break, Harrison again returned home to Los Angeles to work as an Office Worker for Mount Saint Mary's College at Figueroa Blvd and Adams Street in downtown Los Angeles.

    After BYU graduation, Harrison (now somewhat known as Harry) worked for a variety of schools and technical businesses all in southern California. Harry has about 12 years of engineering and 11 years of teaching experience, all in southern California.

    As an Educator, Harry have worked as a Professor's Assistant, Facilitator, Peer Counselor, High School Mathematics Teacher, Computer Network Technology Instructor, EET (Electronic Engineering Technology) Instructor, and Adjunct Professor (Computer Science).

    Harry has worked full-time for Fremont High and University of Southern California (USC) and part-time for a variety of schools:

  • United Education Institute (UEI)
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Don Bosco Technical Institute (a Catholic High School)
  • ITT Tech Institute
  • DeVry Institute of Technology (now DeVry University)
  • CA State Univ Fullerton.

    Harry has taught Basic Math, Geometry, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Calculus 1 and Chemistry, as a Math Teacher.

    At CA State Fullerton, Don Bosco, ITT, DeVry and UEI, Harry has taught:

  • Electronic Fundamentals (with Lab)
  • DC Electronics (with Lab) & AC Electronics (with Lab)
  • Variety of Math classes
  • Industrial Control Systems (with Lab)
  • DOS, Windows
  • Assembly, C++
  • Novell Netware

    Harry's students used the oscilloscope, digital and analog multimeter, function generator, frequency counter, dual power supply, C/C++ compiler, and assembler, in performing experiments and writing programs.

    At Fremont High School, Harry had a difficult time teaching and working within its quasi-educational system. The school was treated like a prison. Buildings were locked down during nutrition and lunch periods, no club school activities occurred during lunch period, and the low morals of some students destroyed the educational system and learning environment that the school tried to provide. On the average, about 50% of Harry's math students received Ds or Fs. Fremont's students were placed in Geometry and Algebra classes when many had problems doing simple addition and multiplication! Most of Fremont High's students had math levels generally in the elementary or junior high level.

    Dondo in Washington D.C. in 1991. With USC's MED-COR Program, Harry taught, tutored, and helped, middle and high school minority students with Math, Physics, and Chemistry problems assigned from their teachers. USC's MED-COR Program only chose those students who went to LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) middle and senior high schools and who were interested in a medical career.

    For overall enjoyment and gratification, Don Bosco Technical Institute (a Catholic High School) was probably the best school Harry has ever taught at. They wanted to know everything, strived to do their homework and were the most motivated students.

    As an Engineer, Harry have worked as an Electrical Engineer, Member of Technical Staff, Instrumentation Engineer, and Software Systems Engineer/Programmer for the U.S. Navy, Aerojet, Chevron, USC, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    Harry volunteers Saturdays at Los Angeles public libraries, teaches math, electronic, or computer science courses during the evenings and Saturdays, and does web design work on his website, www.lapahie.com, during his free time.

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