First and foremost, I am a father and husband. I am currently in my fourth year as a teacher of diverse learners at Lorca Elementary. I specialize in working with students at the middle school level, but do teach lower grades as well. Academic areas of concentration include: Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies.
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my daughter and family, playing guitar, banjo, and listening to all types of music. On weekends I play in a men's softball league, and enjoy playing trivia.
I studied Art Education at Western Michigan University, before moving on to complete a Bachelor's in Elementary Education at Northeastern Illinois University, with endorsements in Middle School Education, Political Science, Language Arts, and Fine Arts. I then earned my Endorsements in Special Education and Teaching English as a Second Language through graduate studies at St. Francis University and National Louis.
We believe that all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners, can be successful when taught by teachers knowledgeable of college-readiness standards and who differentiate instruction to challenge and promote critical thinking.
- Students access and acquire knowledge in a variety of ways.
- All students deserve the opportunity to be successful learners among their peers.
- Culture and environment should play a central role in a child's education.
- Students, teachers, and parents are partners in education.