Degrees and Certifications:
I am happy to say that this is my 29th year of teaching. I began my time at Martin Luther King Elementary in 1995, after a year as a substitute teacher in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and another year as a kindergarten teacher at Bryant Elementary (also in the AAPS). I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades.
I feel fortunate to have taught grades kindergarten through third grade, while also helping to raise my own children through their early school grades. Through the variety of experiences, I have gained valuable understanding, knowledge, experience, and confidence along the way.
I experienced an interesting and diverse childhood. My father was in the United States Air Force for much of my formative years. We lived in five different states and England. I was born in Maine, my brother in Washington, and my sister in California. I spent most of my childhood 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 enjoy many activities, many of which continue to revolve around our four children (ages range from 20 to 26). We enjoy eating out at restaurants, relaxing at Lake Michigan, playing games, and simply hanging out together.
For myself, I enjoy a wide variety of interests such as: reading, walking, biking, fishing, watching movies & TV shows, gardening, riding my motorcycle, and working on projects around the home. I enjoy sharing my variety of interests and making connections with the families I work with. Being an elementary teacher helps me dabble in many areas. I very much enjoy being an educator!