The picture above, in many ways, can be used to depict my lifestyle; active, fun and family-oriented. That beautiful girl’s name is Mandy and happens to be this lucky guy’s (me) girlfriend. Those two crazy dogs go by the names Gunnar and Cali. I will allow you to guess which name belongs to which dog. The four of us have been through a multitude of transitions, but the fun and excitement never stops.
As for my hobbies, I truly enjoy anything involving activity, including basketball, strength training, bicycling and paddle boarding. I have been fortunate in my athletic past by continuing from high school basketball onto collegiate basketball where we made a run into the Sweet 16 of the DIII NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Aside from organized sports I have had the amazing opportunity to bicycle the California coast from San Francisco to San Diego.
Through all of my life adventures and experiences I have developed a true passion for developing social skills and character through the act of working as a team. I have also realized how important it is to continue to learn because when learning stops, development stops and life no longer has a purpose.
As an educator my teaching positions and roles can be compared to the diversity of a 64 count box of crayons. During my five years of teaching I have held positions as a physical educator, health teacher, advisory leader, and Project Adventure leader. During each experience I not only had to adapt to a new role, but a new school, new set of students, new curriculum, new faculty, new expectations, etc. Each move has challenged me to be a better teacher, allowing me to develop new skills acquired from challenges, new curriculum and most importantly experienced teachers. Although the economy has been a large contributor to my professional movement, I look at each experience as a brand new adventure with the possibility of contributing to the growth and development of new kids.
Furthermore, in each teaching situation I work to involve myself in student interests as much as possible. Whether it is conducting a running and walking club, coaching a sport, supervising homework club, officiating sporting events or attending evening events such as concerts or ice cream socials; I believe these opportunities create a stronger learning environment and has contributed to my students’ success.