By day he’s a science lecturer at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and by night and weekends, he’s the witty, crazy sock-wearing weatherman from KPRC (NBC).
That’s right Gators, Lecturer Justin Stapleton has been teaching Introduction to Meteorology for non-science majors at University of Houston Downtown for the past three years—a gig he truly enjoys. And it’s apparent when you see him teach and interact with his students.
Stapleton lectures on all weather events like thunderstorms and tornado’s. He typically will plan his lecture based on the local and national weather forecasts—like local thunderstorms and the wildfires in California.
“It gives the students a real-world opportunity to see someone that uses this material not just in an academic setting,” Stapleton said. “I feel like I can bring in this and say here’s how I use it every day.”
Stapleton’s students don’t realize he is a television meteorologist until later in the semester.
“Most of my students don’t know because I don’t think they watch a lot of television,” said Stapleton.