During my 24 years as an educator I have served in many capacities, with my classroom experience focused on the Middle grades. As a huge proponent of the use of technology I have been a district-wide and university level program facilitator. I was an administrator for a brief period, but returned to teaching after discovering my true passion lay in the classroom, and I have also worked for the Ministry of Education on assessment practice, design, and development.
I would have to describe my teaching style as relaxed. I am a highly organized and structured person and passionately believe in fostering a sense of personal responsibility in my students, hence my favourite quote: "Success is dependent of effort". Providing direction, guidance, and support is the foundation of any teaching program, but letting them fall and being there to help them get up again is equally important. I want my students to learn, but more importantly to stand on their own.
While I could list a number of professional accolades the greatest honours I have received in my career, at the risk of sounding cliché, are the letters, comments, and visitations from students and parents. No award comes close to receiving an invitation to a performance from a child you taught six years ago, the visitation of a former troubled teen to say, "Thanks; I'm doing O.K.", the chance encounter with a former student at the grocery store who is genuinely happy to see you, or the simple hug at the end of the year with a promise to come back and visit.:)
In terms of qualification, I have a MA in Educational Practice. My personal educational history is that of a struggling student who, ironically, did not like school, and it is this life experience that drives my teaching.
I like my job, and I love my family. Being a dad has helped me be a better teacher, and being a teacher has helped me be a better dad. I would rather be outdoors than indoors, and prefer the peace and quiet of nature to the hustle and bustle of the city. A perfect moment: sitting on a mountain peak gazing over untouched wilderness, or drifting lazily in a kayak on a calm lake or the open ocean.