I hope you find my enthusiasm for teaching comes out in my lessons. I am passionate about teaching and want to impart what I have learned to other teachers. Learning and teaching go hand in hand. I will learn as much from you as you do from me. Through my courses, you will gain practical experiences to take back with you to your own classrooms. I hope you enjoy my classes and feel free to contact me anytime.
Professional Experience: I have been teaching elementary school students since 2000. Most of my work thus far has been with 1st grade students. Prior to teaching, I worked with adults with developmental disabilities and severe behavior challenges.
Personal Experience: I have experience in building and maintaining a website for my children’s swim team, as well as, maintaining my school’s website and my own web pages.
Scholarly Interests: I enjoy reading books and articles on the subject of teaching writing to young students. I have a great interest in using Web 2.0 tools with students.
Honors and Awards: MA with Distinction
Publications: Although I have not been officially published for written work, you can find me on the web for work I have done in the area of writing with the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project.
Recommended Reading: If you are interested in teaching writing, my number one recommendation is The Art of Teaching Writing by Lucy McCormick Calkins.
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 14:23 ~ "All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."
Favorite Music: I am an 80’s kid and I still love the music.
Favorite Activities: I enjoy vacationing with my family. We like to go to aquariums, historical sites, and beaches all over California.
Family Info: My wife, Jennifer, and I have three children, James, William, and Grace.
What Matters: Family and Friends
Pet Peeves: Rudeness
What I Like About FPU: Fresno Pacific University has a student-centered philosophy.