I have sixteen years of experience in the US and abroad teaching and teacher training. I served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific as a teacher trainer and curriculum development officer. After that I traveled to twelve countries around the world and ended up teaching high school and college ESL in Taiwan for four years, where I married my beautiful wife and began a family. Later my wife, our son and I returned to Oregon, where for the last eight years I have taught, by choice, third and sixth grade in strictly Title I high poverty schools. Over the past eight years my students have flourished personally and academically. Each year my class consecutively surpasses state and district averages on State Assessments in Reading and Math. There's nothing wrong with "teaching to the whole child" and being held accountable for what they've learned at the end of the day.
We're shaping the next generation, creating opportunity, impacting society, and forging a better economy. There is no greater role and influence than a caring and competent teacher. My teaching style is to fulfill that role.
Finalist OnPoint Credit Union "2015 Teacher of the Year" k103 FM Educator of the Week All-American Track and Field All-Conference Track & Field Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
BA, Anthropology with minor in Native American Studies, University of Montana. MAT, Pacific University ESOL Endorsement, Willamette University
I enjoy time with family, kayaking, hiking, road trips, world travel, culture, food, music, martial arts, sports, and having a positive influence on the others.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Writing-Expository, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Astronomy, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Native Americans, Health, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, General Science, Reading Strategies, Place Value