Degrees and Certifications:
Greetings! Thanks for taking a few moments to learn more about me. I am happy to say that this is my 25th year of teaching. I began my time at Martin Luther King Elementary in 1995, after a year of substitute teaching in Ann Arbor and another year teaching kindergarten at Bryant Elementary in Ann Arbor.
I feel fortunate to have taught grades kindergarten through third grade, while also helping to raise my own children through their early school grades. Thanks to the variety of experiences, I have gained valuable understanding, knowledge, experience, and confidence along the way.
I experienced an interesting and diverse childhood. Up through my seventh grade year my father was in the United States Air Force, which required us to move to multiple states and to England as well. I spent most of my early years in California, Virginia, and England.
Following high school I completed degrees at Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University (both for undergraduate-math/science & graduate school-reading). Since completing my graduate degree I’ve also completed 18 university credits and renewed my teaching certificate numerous times.
Outside of the classroom my wife and I keep active with our four children, ranging in ages from 16 to 22. We enjoy eating out at restaurants, relaxing at Lake Michigan, and simply hanging out. This past summer we were able to take the entire family to Cancun, Mexico, where we experienced a different culture, ate at numerous restaurants, visiting many beaches, saw a variety of lizards, learned how to use many types of public transit, and other interesting items.
Personally, I enjoy a wide variety of interests, such as watching sports and being involved in physical activities such as walking, jogging, & biking. I also enjoy fishing, watching movies, reading, gardening, and working on projects around the home. I very much enjoy sharing my variety of interests with my students. Enjoying a wide-variety of interests enables me to easily make connections with my students and the families I work with.
I really enjoy being an educator!