I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program at the University of Arizona. I am looking to use my experience from the past 16 years to enact broader change within Arizona's educational system. During my time in the classroom, I have worked with multiple age groups, in various settings. I began as a P.E.Teacher in Chinle, in northern Arizona. I loved working with K-3 students at Chinle Primary School, and went through Prescott College's Adult Degree Program to become certified to teach K-8 in the state of Arizona. My future wife and I moved to Tucson and I taught for TUSD as an 8th grade math/art teacher, as a 3rd, then 4th, then 5th grade classroom teacher. Later I moved to a private school and was a 5th grade teacher at Green Fields and a 4th-6th grade collaborator at the IDEA School.
I enjoy being part of the learning process. Even when I was an 18 year old undergraduate at the UofA searching for a suitable major, I worked part-time as a Water Safety Instructor for the City of Tucson and taught people how to swim. Helping someone learn something new is great! I do not pretend to know everything, but I sure can find a way to learn what I need and I try to take this attitude into my work with students. Everyone is a unique learner and it is my job to help find the best way for students to access skills/subjects that they are required to. I strive to develop a personal relationship with those that I work with to help me to get to know their learning style.
Much of my experience as a teacher is in the elementary classroom, however I have been an interscholastics coach for HS students. I feel as though I can help a broad range of ages as a tutor. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your student!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - Masters, Educational Leadership
I enjoy gardening, riding my bike along The Loop and in the Foothills, and playing games with my family. I also play golf occasionally, mainly to build my patience:) Now that it's getting hot, I swim almost daily.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe all humans possess an innate curiosity about the world and universe around them. The role of a teacher is to use our life experience and expertise in various fields to help others unlock mysteries and to stoke the curiosity fire. For younger students, this can mean connecting seemingly boring or meaningless skills/subjects to the wider world. Teachers should take the time to help kids see what possibilities these skills will provide for them. I want to connect with my students so that they notice the value in what they are learning, and so that they notice their own value in the wider world.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a student is about building a trust based relationship. I aim to get to know them as a person, and for them to know something(s) about me. We will also undertake some activities that will allow me to assess where they are academically so that I can build future sessions to benefit them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
When a person notices the value and importance of what they are doing, they can become independent. I strive to help students build connections between what they are learning and how this can impact their lives and the lives of those around them. This builds a sense of pride and independence that is authentic and long lasting.