Jerry taught English, Math, and Social Studies at El Capitan in 1959-60 in its opening year. Then John Warburton and Walter Barnett hired him in 1960 to teach Biology at Grossmont High School. Jerry left Grossmont in 1968 to teach at SDSU from 1968 to 1975. [from his daughter Cheryl Hinton, GHS Alumnus Class of 1971 : "a funny aside- they had to bring him in as an Associate Professor so that they could meet the salary he had at GHS!" During those years, Jerry authored major college textbooks with Scott Foresman Publishers and mentored future biology teachers.
He also taught Biology and Environmental Science at Grossmont College from 1976 to 1991 as an adjunct teacher while he continued working on textbooks and taught one semester in 1971 for San Diego City College Minority Education Biology.