Additional experience: BA Grand Valley State University/secondary education with endorsements in History, Spanish, and English; sixth grade English and Bible; middle school Spanish, high school English and history.
I am thrilled to teach where I attended as a student. I have a great time working with my students and I really appreciate their energy and desire for excitement and fun. What brings me the most joy in my work is when my students demonstrate an obvious understanding of the material and acknowledge that they enjoyed learning it. I am motivated by knowledge; I like to know things and I want my students to know things as well. I also want my students to be critical thinkers, and I try to develop lessons to encourage deep thinking among the students. I want my students to grow into successful members of society. Students will be successful when they have developed habits like diligence and perseverance that will contribute to a strong society. To be truly successful, however, students also need a relationship with Jesus Christ that is clearly demonstrated by their actions and attitudes. Outside of school, I enjoy writing. I have published a novel and hope to write many more. My two favorite things are ice cream and alliteration. I would like alliteration more, but you can’t eat it. There are many reasons why I love teaching at West Side, but my favorite part of each day is when my wife (kindergarten teacher) and my children (students here) all hop in the car with me and we all get to go to the same place.