High School Robotics Coach Josh Strickland is beginning his 5th year of teaching at Lovejoy High School and 8th year overall. In addition to coaching the robotics teams, he teaches the senior engineering capstone course EDD, Manufacturing, and all levels of Robotics and Automation.
Coach Strickland is a 2010 graduate of LHS, and is also a 6-year Army veteran with specializations in intelligence and GIS data analysis. In addition to his military background, he also worked for 4 years in different engineering industries such as civil and petroleum as an AutoCAD Civil3D drafter.
Mr. Strickland celebrated 10 years of marriage to his wife Justine this summer and they have 3 children. He enjoys making things and being creative, relaxing with a good book, and having fun outside.
Ryan Vollmuth is the PLTW teacher and VEX Robotics Coach at Willow Springs Middle School. He received a bachelors degree from University of Texas at Dallas and a post bachelors in science education. He went on to receive post graduate diplomas from Southern Methodist University in paralegal studies and negotiation at Harvard Business School.
He was a former flight instructor in the USAF, flying 58 combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq. After leaving the service he started teaching as an SAT coach at PREM international School overseas. Upon returning he was a VEX robotics coach and science teacher at Garland ISD and Wylie ISD.
He is married to Lindsey Yates Vollmuth and has four sons and one daughter. He is currently training to be a drone pilot and officer in the state guard. He used to fence and race sail boats and now enjoys hiking, fishing and horseback riding in Aspen.