Twelve years ago, I stepped foot into a little modular in Pueblo West and began my career in education teaching language arts to 6th, 7th, 8th graders. I had no experience to draw from, no curriculum to lean on, and little support to guide me. However, I learned quickly that kids at this crucial age really didn’t care about how well I delivered instruction or how organized my lesson plans were: they just wanted to be noticed and acknowledged every day. Students need to know that they are important, that they are cared for, and that they can trust the adult who is masquerading as their teacher. From there, being an educator has always been fun because of the relationships I’ve been able to form with my students.
Since those first two years, I’ve had the unique privilege of working with students ranging from kindergarten all the way into college, and I’m excited to get back into the classroom so that I can apply the lessons I’ve learned in a classroom setting with the same age group of students I started my career with. I’m grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working my hardest to best help your students.
Although I do appreciate literature and look forward to the classical approach that the core curriculum brings, my true academic passion is helping students discover how they can intentionally manipulate our language to create a desired effect within their writing and their verbal communication. Students will be able to communicate well as they leave my classroom, and it’s especially exciting that I could potentially be with many of your students for the next three years.
On a personal note, I’ve been married to my childhood sweetheart for 15 years and am looking forward to supporting Kim as she nears completion of her occupational therapy degree this coming year. She has been very supportive of me during my time as a teacher and principal over the past decade, and I’m ready to return the favor. My oldest son, Caleb, will be in my homeroom class (don’t ask him how he feels about that, please) and my youngest son, Noah, will be starting his first year at MVCKS this year in 4th grade. We’re all very excited for this transition and overwhelmed by the positive reception that we’ve been given by the entire MVCKS family.
It’s pretty amazing how life brings us down the paths it does. I’m grateful that it has brought me to Mountain View. I’m lucky to be here.