I spent 14 years as a "Highly Effective" English teacher in a small school district in Michigan teaching 7th and 8th grade Reading and English, 10th grade English (including Honors), 12th grade English, AP Literature and Composition, and Middle and High School journalism and yearbook production. Designed, developed, and implemented department's standards-based grading scales as well as online portfolio requirements. Currently serving as Senior Instructional Technology Specialist and adjunct instructor for local community college.
Highly organized curriculum units centered around student inquiry and project-based learning.
Rated "Highly Effective" 6 times since 2011.
BA from Kalamazoo College, 2003 (Major: English; Minor: History; Concentration: Education) MA from Michigan State University, 2008 (Educational Technology)
Born and raised in Traverse City, my wife and I have a son and a Goldendoodle. I love to cook and eat fine food. I’m an avid appreciator of pop culture and enjoy deep intellectual dives into the meaning of pop music (favorite artist: Ryan Adams), movies (“Wonder Boys”), television shows (“Parks and Recreation” and “Breaking Bad”), and books (Middlesex). I fell in love with travel during my study abroad in northern England, and the two most beautiful places I’ve visited are Santorini, Greece and Glen Haven, Michigan. I love to jog with my dog, bike, and golf.