I grew up in the coastal town of Rockland, Maine. As a child I always liked to build scientific things such as baking soda and vinegar volcanoes, solid fuel model rockets, balsa wood planes, and go-carts. Additionally, the culture of the mid-coast helped me to develop a strong work ethic.
After graduating high school I joined the US Navy, where I was trained as an electrical-mechanical and computer technician. In the service I learned about physics, computer systems, and the troubleshooting and repairing of electronics devices.
After the military I entered college, studying psychology. I worked for a number of years in the mental health field, but gradually shifted into teaching environmental education and guiding educational wilderness trips. In 1998 I decided to more formally shift to teaching as a career, and entered graduate school for middle school education, with an emphasis on social studies. Due to my first school’s needs I started teaching science. I found that I greatly enjoyed being a science teacher, as it allowed my hobbies of building things, experimenting, technical experience, environmental education, and teaching to come together.
My second school, Nogales, gave me many opportunities to grow as an educator and person. The international experience was enlightening. I learned to speak Spanish, deal with a diversity of students and people, and teach at three different grade levels.
For me the teaching process is very creative. I constantly attempt to improve my teaching methods and provide interesting, fun, and educational classes for my students. I usually do not have problems with classroom behavior, as I make a point of actively engaging the students and treating them respectfully.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.” Plutarch