Equipping Learners, Sharing Hope
I am a Christian. I am a sinner. I believe that the things I know are minuscule when compared to the things I do not know. What a blessing for me then, to know that in my human weakness God shows His strength. My desire is to help students become better citizens and leaders. It is a tremendous blessing to be included in the learning community here at Trinity First, where I can continue to develop as a teacher, pass on what I learn to my students, and be an echo of Christ in the world.
By listening to my students, learning what is important to them, and connecting to their interests and passions, I will seek first to understand their needs, and second to equip and inspire them to succeed in their post-school lives. This listening, learning and connecting can only occur with empathy. Servanthood and empathy are the foundation of the relationships I intend to build with parents – parents like myself who wrestle each day with the questions of how to advocate for and equip their children – and my colleagues, as together we strive to support, serve, and share the love of Jesus with one another.
I graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, IL with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education (English major, Voice minor). I have a Communication Arts/Literature teaching license for grades 5-12. I have returned to teaching after 20 years working in a variety of other fields, from law enforcement to sales and marketing and event planning, to project management. My wife Chrissy and I have been married for 17 years, and have two amazing children who attend Trinity First. I love spending time with friends and family, watching and talking about baseball, reading books, and singing.