Hello! I'm excited to start a new adventure this year teaching fifth grade at Cd'A eSchool. I have worked as a teacher in the Coeur d'Alene School District since 2003 beginning as a fifth grade teacher at Hayden Lake Elementary. For the last fifteen years I have been at Bryan Elementary school where I continued teaching fifth grade until becoming the Advanced Learning Program teacher there seven years ago.
I love getting to know about my students and helping them grow as mathematicians, readers, writers, scientists, and citizens. Using technology to give my class opportunities beyond our immediate school community is a passion of mine. This year I strive to give my students the chance to connect with students at other schools, hear from scientists working in the field, and share their ideas with the world. Having a connected classroom is such a passion of mine that I created the Idaho Kids Vote Book Award. I am extremely excited that my students will get to take part in awarding the fifth IDkidsvote medal to one of this year's nominated books.
It is an honor to teach kids from all over the Coeur d'Alene School District. I grew up in this community and attended Winton elementary, Lakes Middle School, and both Coeur d'Alene and Lake City High Schools. From there I went on to the University of Idaho where I met my wonderful wife Sarah while playing tuba in the Vandal Marching Band. We now have a son, Louis, who is a fifth grader at Bryan Elementary. We also have two crazy cats, Jack and Pattycake.
This is going to be a great school year! I have a lot of great ideas that I can't wait to share with my students. eSchool students are going to have the chance to explore and take on challenges that will help them become confident and independent learners. I will be there to support them along the way with frequent messages, check-ins, and office hours. I know I will make mistakes along the way as we work together to make a new type of school for our community. I expect my students to make mistakes along the way, too. However, I firmly believe that mistakes are evidence that we are learning, and that is our goal this year: learning toghether!