Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Elementary Education with an emphasis in English Certified to teacher k-8th grade and core subject of English
Background: I was born and raised in AZ. I went through the same school district you guys are apart of; Bellair Elementary was the start, Desert Sky Middle school for my adolescence, and I chose a different path for my high school years at Northwest Christian High School. After graduating from high school, I pursued my degree at Grand Canyon University. I started out pursuing a film degree, quickly changed to sociology, and then finally ended up with a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in English. I started my teaching career at Paseo Hills School completing my student teaching in a seventh-grade class and then continued my journey for the past three years at Gavilan Peak School. I was the seventh grade ELA teacher for two years and then I tried my hand in fifth grade. This is my first year teaching high school and I could not be more excited. As for my family life, I have been married to my amazing wife for four years and in those four years, we have accomplished a lot; purchased two dogs, bought a house, had two kids of our own. Currently, my wife is staying home with our two babies while I teach and work for Dutch Bros Coffee as a side gig. My hobbies include singing, board games, reading, and drama.
Why I am a teacher: It is plain and simple... I am a teacher because of the students. To watch a student grow into the person they are going to be, brings me so much joy. When I was a kid, I did not have an adult that believed in my abilities, until high school. The reason I am here today is because of that one teacher who poured into me in my adolescence. So that is the case for you as well. I am here for you. I am not here to fail you, but to make you succeed to the best of your ability. I am not here to make fun of you for anything you do, but lift you up for your strengths and lead you on a path of understanding for your shortcomings.
- Started the Drama Department at Gavilan Peak and directed three musicals (Shrek Jr., Peter Pan Jr., and James and the Giant Peach Jr.) and one straight play (Dystopia: The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death).
- Received the DBacks Most Valuable Teacher award in May of 2020
- 12 News Teacher of the Week
- Guest Star on Educational Podcast: WellPlayED Season 4 Episode 16
- Pursuing my Masters at GCU in Curriculum and Instruction