Master of Arts in Teaching
- Growing up in Los Angeles has given me a rich, multicultural view of the world. My fellow students were from many cultures and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. This experience has given me the experiential perspective that all students truly do learn in their own way. I approach teaching with the firm belief that all students can learn if content is presented to them in a meaningful way.
- Entering the teaching profession mid-life, I take with me into the classroom over 20 years of life experience in the artistic, corporate and non-profit work environments. I strive to connect content to real-world experiences whenever I can to bring relevance to my students work. I can offer life-perspective relating content to life and workplace applications.
- Being the father of a gifted 9 year old, I am practiced at engaging the mind of a very inquisitive learner. This practice can be applied in the classroom in keeping my TAG students engaged and challenged while nurturing their natural inquisitiveness. My biggest goal in the classroom is to engage my students, TAG or otherwise, to be life-long learners, as my daughter (thankfully) seems on track to be.
- University of Kansas, BS Ed, 1998 (Majoring in Biology)
- Willamette University, MAT, 2013
- Skyline School, Portland, OR, 6 and 8, Earth Science
- Sandy High School, Sandy, OR, 10, Biology
- Substitute Teacher, Neah-Kah-Nie School District, Rockaway Beach, OR, Highly sought for high school biology, oceanography, middle school science and math at Rockaway High and Middle School
- Youth Market Director, American Heart Association, Portland, OR, Coordinated fundraising and wellness events for the AHA at school sites working with teachers, administrators, students and parents
Student Teaching Supervisor
- Katrina Arras, Skyline School, Portland, OR
- Byron Ball, Sandy High School, Sandy, OR
- Jill Bryant, PhD, Willamette University, firstname.lastname@example.org