Additional Experience: BS/Calvin College in physics; 9th-12th grade math and science
Two things really motivate and inspire me as a teacher: first of all, it's a lot of fun to be with young people; second, I had a couple of teachers who made a profound influence on my life and I hope to be that teacher for some of my students. It is rewarding to work with students and to see them master the material and it is great to teach Bible and to have a huge chunk of time each day to talk about God and how we see him working in our lives. I hope my students grow in many different areas. I hope they grow spiritually - in their relationship with God, their knowledge about him, and in seeing him work in their lives and in the world around them. I hope they grow in their ability to think logically, problem solve, and "do math". I hope they grow as individuals, gaining confidence in themselves and seeing themselves more and more the way God sees them. Outside of school, I enjoy active outdoor pursuits like biking and adventure racing. I've spent a lot of time fixing up our house over the years - we've installed 21 new windows and gutted several rooms in addition to just normal maintenance and repair things. Together with my wife Michelle and two boys, we spend time biking, hiking, geocaching, and camping. I shoot fireworks professionally and have SCUBA dove on a number of shipwrecks in recent years.