I am currently a STEM Teacher at a district-run Science Center (one of very few such Science Centers. I teach various content within STEM areas for grades 1-8. I spend a lot of time planning and implementing student-centered, inquiry-based, PBL labs and lessons for students throughout my district and the neighboring areas. Before working at the Science Center, I taught Middle School Science (grades 6 and 8) for nine years in a Title I school.
My teaching style changes a lot from year to year. You have to adjust to your student groups. I would like to think that I am a very student-centered teacher. I use a lot of technology. I teach in character. I create videos and songs. I team teach with another teacher this year (literally combining our classes). I have the students use a plethora of learning and study techniques/strategies. I infuse literacy into science. PBL and integrated lessons are my wheelhouse, though.
I was selected for Honeywell Educator Space Academy after my first year teaching (1 of 300 from around the world). I was selected for Advanced Space Academy the next year (1 of 32 from around the world). My website was voted "Best of the Web" for my district in 2009 (I am in a very large district). I have a lab safety song with video that went viral on YouTube and was used in classrooms around the country this year. The video was featured on the main page of SchoolTube for several weeks. I was selected for Honeywell Green Boot Camp in 2015. I have recently invented a math-based board game for which I am currently seeking publishing. I am also the writer of the blog, Dear Teacher/Love Teacher.
I graduated from North Greenville College. I obtained my teacher certification through the University of South Carolina-Upstate. I have taken a classes through Clemson University.
I have a wife and two kids. I love doing anything creative. I love the challenge of creating new materials to help my students learn better.