I graduated from Wilmington University in Delaware with a master of education degree (K-6). Shortly thereafter, I took the Praxis II exam for social studies (economics, history, civics and geography).
What do I bring to the table? I bring leadership, motivation, humor, and a unique perspective. I served in the United States Army for over twenty years. I was responsible for teaching and training during most of my career. Specifically, I taught at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Alaska, the 101st Airborne Division Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, I was a Drill Sergeant at the Infantry School and my final assignment, I was the Senior Military Instructor at the University of Maryland (College Park).
As a civilian, I have worked as a substitute teacher for Kelly Educational Services, I taught 6th grade social studies in the Colonial School District in Delaware, substituted in Escondido Union School District (language arts), and I am currently an active teacher at a charter school where I teach elementary classes as well as middle and high school social studies.
Teaching is more than just instruction. It is about being passionate towards education and the future of our students. Fundamentally, all students are teachable. It is my responsibility to find what motivates each student and use that, along with respect, care, and concern for each individual, to engage each student in his or her own learning process. Students are our nation’s greatest assets, this I will never forget.
Students in my classes receive direct instruction and learn from wide-ranging instructional techniques that enhance the classroom environment. My enthusiasm is contagious. Students feed from my enthusiasm, making learning fun and exciting.
In my daily reflection, I focus on three questions: What was supposed to happen? What did happen? How can I make it better next time? These answers guide me to; improved lesson plans, better organization, and enhanced relationships with parents, administrators, teachers and students.
I recognize that I am not alone in the classroom. There are many professionals available to assist me throughout my educational journey. I consult these experts and others to enhance my own teaching abilities, as well as offer suggestions to others as to what does and what does not work in my classroom. I continually seek self-improvement through professional development, mentoring and education. I believe in the team concept. It takes a village to teach a student. I am part of that village.
Teaching is a proud and respected profession. I will not disgrace the honor of the profession by violating, or giving the perception of violating, the ethical and legal principles that make our profession proud. Choices I make directly influence my students. I am not just a teacher, but a role model as well. I bear that responsibility with pride.
When I'm not teaching, I can be found tinkering around on my Camaro, or maybe at the horse ranch with our horses. I am an outdoors kind of guy, and I'm always planning the next great adventure.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wilmington University - Bachelor of Science, General Studies
Graduate Degree: Wilmington University - Master of Arts, Education
Cars, hiking, camping, backpacking, horses
College Level American History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization