I am a small town guy that married his first girlfriend. We started dating at age 17, and went to college together. We have been happily married for 10 years, and have 2 beautiful daughters. I am an teacher at a public school in Illinois, just finished my masters degree in Educational Leadership at Eastern Illinois University(2012), and am also a school board member in another school district. I have been teaching for 10 years. I expect to be in education for the rest of my life in one capacity or the other. I love the classroom and teaching students about what I am passionate about, but look forward to the challenges of administration, policy making, and making an impact on a larger scale. I am a creative person with ideas and theories about education, art, technology, inventions, leadership, service, etc....I am a dreamer! I thrive on being around other people that are creative, passionate, and doers.
Areas of Expertise
education, Art, Art Education, educational policy, Educational philosophy, Ideas factory, Brainstorming creativity process
An idea worth spreading
Public schools offer 1 curricular track in Math. This track is the academic track. The summit of this track is Trig/Calc. Most students are not going to use these concepts in any regular, meaninful way in there adult life. Students therefore see no realworld application for what they are learning, and as a result we see student apathy, a dislike of mathmatics, and poor student performance. I believe if we are going to teach 1 track, it should be the vocational track. This track has the same arithmetic foundation and some of the same lower level algebra benchmarks, but this curriculum replaces higher level algebra, trig, and calc w/ data analysis, stats, probability, and predicting outcomes. These concepts have realworld application, are skills employers want, and will slowly change howfuture students feel about math. We don't change because of perceived rigor, and there is a need for some students to take these academic math classes, but we shouldn't teach the masses in this way.
I'm passionate about
I am passionate about educating children, art, creative and innovative people and ideas, and anything that is designed/built/thought of/ practiced/etc... that improves the world we live in.
Talk to me about
education, art, design, ideas and innovations, leadership, influence, technology, helping humanity, happiness, the creative process, and any other thing you wish to.
People don't know I'm good at
ping pong, juggling, playing cards, coaching sports, home improvement, math, tetris, 1st person shooters, making funny photoshop pictures.