I am from Ypsilanti, Michigan and graduated from Hampton University with a bachelors of arts in political science, and University of Phoenix with a master's of business administration. I also graduated from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a post-master certification in school administration and currently work as a dean of students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. I have been in education, around the country, for over 20 years in various roles, serving in other educational capacities such as department chair, team leader and principal. He has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and on several state and local campaigns. The most important moment in a teacher's life is when the "ah-ha" moment occurs with a student. That moment is the one that I have lived to see over and over again. When I see that moment in the face or eyes of my student, I know my job in nearly completed.
I have taught many different course over my career along with some ELA, and business courses as well as physical education. My main course of studies was the discipline of social studies, including but not limited to United States History or American History, World History, Civics and Economics or Government, World Geography, and African American Studies. My focus is on helping students understand American government and American history. I try to tie in specific contribution of the many different communities and cultures that have made up the United States to help make clear the many contributions that went into making the country what it is today.
My teaching philosophy is to start in a lecture format to set up the background of the lesson and then expand to a conversation where all parties can contribute to the discussion as we learn how and why situations and concepts evolved as they did. I will present information and ask for feedback to what we are learning and why it matters. As we get further along, I will ask students to help present the lesson as to bring about ownership of the subject so can all learn together.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Concordia University-Ann Arbor - Bachelor in Arts, Social Studies Teacher Education
Graduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Charlotte - Masters in Education, High School Administration
Watching the news, travel, walking/running, good foods, good wines, cooking, good conversation and politics.