When a person makes the leap from believing that something is too hard or complicated for them, to having more confidence and competence...this is the most rewarding part of education - stamping out ignorance and replacing it with hope and confidence. I have taught over 20 years, and have taught every grade between 2nd grade and high school and adults. I enjoy teaching anything, to any age student, especially if I can do it using technology. It is exciting to see my students, teachers all over the country, use what they learn in my course in their classrooms. The variety of subjects and grade levels leads to a marvelous variety of applications of Google tools with students.
Professional Experience: Grades 2nd-12+. I have presented site-based technology professional development, as well as presented at local technology conferences. I have been a school technology coordinator, and have thoroughly enjoyed troubleshooting and staff development. I’ve taught at the Master's level, and led some technology workshops through FPU.
Personal Experience: I have climbed Half Dome (in Yosemite, CA) twice. I really enjoy participating in leading worship at my church. Seeing my two boys grow up is a tremendous joy and challenge (I know that sounds clishé, but it's true!).
Honors and Awards: Elias Wiebe Award
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:1 ~ "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"; Philippians 4:13 ~ "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
Favorite Music: Worship music
Family Info: My wife and I have two sons...and a dog. I have a younger brother and sister.
What Matters: Authenticity, safety, and genuineness in my relationships
Pet Peeves: Meaningless car blinkers, errant/missing apostrophes, price tags that say ".99¢", bad grammar from adults that should know better...Seriously, though: Christians that give Christ a bad reputation.
What I Like About FPU: I went to FPU as an undergraduate and for my Master's Degree. It has been an important place for me in my growth, learning, and development as a person. Now, on "the other side of the desk," I get to interact with the Fresno Pacific University community as an instructor for online courses. I take joy in continuing the positive, individualized, culture that I experienced. Using technology as a teaching tool motivates me AND my students.