I'm in my sixth year teaching in a high-poverty, rural, Appalachian area. This year, I will be teaching middle school band (5-8) as well as kindergarten music. My past experience includes general music for grades K-5 and recorder ensemble (4-5). I also teach private lessons at the middle and high school level and assist the local high school band director.
Make it work.
I was named the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year for Burchfield Elementary School (grades 5-8). I was named the district level Teacher of the Year for Scott County Schools the same year. My kids have earned multiple medals at solo and ensemble festival, and "Excellent" and "Superior" ratings at concert festival. Several of my students have earned chairs at regional jr. band clinics. In 2012, my band at Burchfield Elementary School was awarded a Mr. Holland's Opus Grant.
I earned my Bachelors of Music from Tennessee Tech University in 2008.
I'm from the small town of Sweetwater, TN. I greatly enjoy playing and teaching music. I especially like early music and, I'm a member of the Greater Knoxville Recorder Society. I have been married to my wife, Brandan for six years.