I was born in raised in Sioux City, IA and attended Catholic grade school and high school before venturing off to Loras College for undergraduate studies. I participated in basketball, cross country, and soccer during my 4 years in high school. As a member of National Honor Society and graduating on the Dean's List, I was able to take full advantage of my educational opportunities.
After graduating from Loras College in 2002, I remained in Dubuque, IA. I began my teaching career as a high school social studies teacher. I was then given the opportunity to teach World History, U.S. History, AP U.S. History, American Studies (Blended English and History Class) among other subjects. Originally, teaching was an avenue into coaching , but before long, teaching overtook coaching as my main focus. I have been working at a private school in the Phoenix area since 2013. I teach social studies, serve as the male dean, and coach girls' soccer. There I have taught U.S History, Government and Economics.
I feel one of my greatest strengths is that I constantly evaluate my teaching and coaching style and its successes and failures. Having taught for 15 years, I do not claim to know everything and have a strong desire to better myself as a teacher. I search for differentiated lesson plans and assessments online and collaborate with other teachers in order to find varied ways to reach different learning styles. My knowledge of teaching and learning styles has greatly increased throughout my years of teaching. Some of the biggest lessons I have learned have come from my students.
I believe a teacher and coach's role in a student’s life should not be like a boss-employee relationship but rather a guide-tourist relationship. My role as an educator is to help a student find the desire for an education. My actions, words, and lesson plans reflect this thinking by allowing students to grow within their comfort zone, while still challenging them to strive for greater success both in and out of the classroom. I believe technology is a crucial element in the modern classroom but should be in balance with proven teaching styles, so students are prepared for both the modern world and general interactions within society.
Since moving to Arizona in 2012, my wife and I have added two beautiful children to our family. We enjoy visiting the zoo and aquarium, taking short trips up North to camp, and getting our kids involved in various activities. My mom is a snow bird, so we take full advantage of grandma’s time here as well!
I offer a variety of services for Peak Academics, including support in the humanities, as well as test-taking strategies and organizational help.