I have been a classroom teacher for the past 21 years. In that time, I have taught World History, United States History, Advanced Placement United States History, Economics, and American Government. I have also served as a master teacher for local teacher training programs, and for the past eight years have been an instructor for the Tulare County IMPACT teacher training program.
In the classroom, my focus is teaching history through primary sources. Students in my classes learn through document analysis and writing. As the years go on I find myself lecturing less and less. In fact, since the APUSH redesign went into effect last year, I haven't lectured once in that class. As I gain access to more technology, I am in the process of flipping my classroom. Right now I have students either doing reading or watching videos by others (such as the incomparable Mr. Green and his Crash Course US History series), but I hope to eventually create my own content and deliver it via my class website (For the past few years, it's been Edmodo, but that may change next year!)
San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year for 2012 California Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Senior High School Teacher for 2014.
I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from CSU, Fresno in 1992. I completed my teaching credential at that same institution in 1993, and completed a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Grand Canyon University.
I like long walks on the beach..... :) I was born in Southern California and raised in California's Central Valley. I've been married since 1997 to my amazing wife, and have two kids, two dogs, and three cats (the last fish finally died)