I am one of a rare breed of native Arizonans born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Teacher Education. Before getting the master’s degree in education I worked for NASA as an entry-level scientist/analyst, which essentially means I did A LOT of computer programming. I worked on the following projects: Galileo, Cassini, IRAF, UBV White-Dwarf Sky Survey, and NICMOS on the HST. However, while working on those projects I quickly discovered that my lifelong dream of being an astronaut was not really what I wanted to do. I had always had a passion for music, and was a good trumpet player, and with a little nudging from my College Band Director, well, the road definitely took a right turn.
In 2002 I moved to Phoenix where I took my second teaching job in the Glendale Union High School District at Washington High School. While at WHS I was the director of instrumental music, responsible for teaching all bands, orchestras, drum lines, color guard, and guitar. WHS had a very diverse ethnic blend; there were eleven languages spoken in the band alone, and all of those students had learned English as a second language. After working at Washington High School for five years I pursued an interest to teach college band. This interest would require further education. I graduated from NAU with a Master’s degree in Conducting and a Master’s in Trumpet performance.
After graduating from NAU I came to Peoria. I am currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Peoria High School. I teach Concert, Jazz, and Marching Bands, Orchestra, Math, and I spend a great deal of time helping my students with history, government, and English as well. As a teacher I strive to develop in my students, free thinking, and analytical skills. These goals are primarily achieved through a Socratic method of instruction and questioning technique. In addition to the aforementioned technique I also take creative and differentiated approaches to the material so that my students can relate to it from their own experiences, and have a broad understanding. In my spare time I love to hike, play Lego-Batman, play board and card games, and argue philosophical subjects or just about what is truly spicy or not with my wife. I also love to play tennis (I used to give lessons), volleyball, basketball, soccer, trumpet, other video games, hike, read textbooks, especially history (yes really), read sci-fi and watch it as well. I have a passion for movies, which is convenient for getting out of the heat. I look forward to meeting you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelor of Science, Astronomy
Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - Master of Arts, Master's of Teaching and Teacher Education, Emphasis in Math, Science and Music
State Certified Teacher
ACT Composite: 33
SAT Composite: 1400
Tennis, Astronomy, Football, Hiking, Geology, History, Volleyball
College Level American History
College World History
Drum and Percussion
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Physics
High School World History