8th Grade English and Literature. 10th - 12th Grade English and Literature. 11th Grade U.S. History. 12th Grade Government. 12th Grade Economics. Currently teaching Continuation High School.
As a continuation high school teacher, I have come to believe the most important issue for my students is not WHAT I teach as much as my relationship with them AS their teacher. If I cannot inspire them to believe in themselves, even as I believe in them... than the subject material I teach will mean nothing for them. If I can move their heart... than I can move their mind!
Successfully lead a group of 30 students to professionally publish a class-created fictional novel (Reflections of Time, Tudor Publishing, North Carolina, 2000. No longer in print.). Was honored at Lodi Unified School District Board meeting for publishing that novel. Featured on national news program INSIDE EDITION for classroom assignment (Letter to the Future). (If you wish to see the segment, here is a Youtube version of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY8E088dlL4 ) Will be featured in statewide teacher magazine California Educator, February/March edition for Letter to the Future assignment.
Graduated Social Science from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, 1986. Obtained teaching credential from Stanislaus State University, 1988.
I am happily married (30 years now!) with four adult children. Along with teaching, I lead an incredibly active life, currently doing the following: One of four Elders of our church and Head Worship Leader with my wife. Lead worship for a Christian college club called "The Race" (Hebrews 12:1-2). Help lead a 12-Step Drug Recovery program called "Celebrate Recovery" at our church. Treasurer of our local Teacher's Association. Am actively training to run a 100-mile marathon.