I am passionate about creating excellent learning environments for students. I have focused my teaching passion on STEM and social justice and equity. I have three areas of expertise: Elementary educational pedagogy, Culturally Responsive Education (CRE), STEM, and instructional technology. Within each of these areas, I have specific content that I am passionate about. I love teaching American History and civic education. This ties nicely with my passion for teaching students about how to be active social justice advocates. Within CRE, I am well-versed in Critical Race Theory, opportunity gaps for marginalized students, and racial consciousness in the classroom. I study STEM inequities and how to foster STEM-foundational thinking in classrooms and as a part of a school’s academic culture. I focus my efforts on essential supports for school improvement: (a) leadership, (b) professional capacity, (c) parent-community ties, (d) student-centered learning, and (e) instructional guidance. Specifically related to STEM, I work to foster diversity in STEM education promotes equity by (a) expanding access to STEM opportunities; (b) creating opportunities for participation in STEM, and (c) helping students use STEM practices to address real-world problems
Quality Standard III: Create an environment that facilitates learning for all learners.
- Creates experiences for students that allow learners the time and opportunity to collaborate, apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address challenging issues.
- Provide learning experiences that are high quality, tailored to meet learner needs, focused on student learning, research-based, job-embedded, and aligned with school improvement plan as requested by job.
Quality Standard V: Demonstrate Leadership.
- Collaborates within (a) team(s) to leverage the skills and knowledge of each member while working towards the goal of developing the leadership capacity of others.
- Advocates for the educational equity for all learners.
Throughout my career in education, I have:
- Provided culturally responsive techniques using Common Core State Standards
- Facilitated and inspired student learning and creativity using digital tools and resources
- Designed and delivered 21st Century lessons and assessments using a SMARTboard
- Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) into curriculum in order to shift my role from teacher to a facilitator
- Organized and hosted annual STEM Education Nights
- Exhibited school-wide leadership by organizing and participating in collaborative-action research professional development focused race and achievement
- Created large-scale learning experiences for students (K-5)
My wife and I met in high school and have been married for 17 years. We have three children: Oliver is 13; Julian is 11 years old; and our youngest daughter, Emerson, is 7. I will always consider myself a teacher; however, over the years, I have assumed more of a leadership role in my district.
Currently, I am an Elementary STEM and Innovation Coach in the Cherry Creek School District, modeling a STEM and innovative mindset for classroom teachers. I coach teachers providing expert advice on improving and enhancing individual STEM lessons, units and project-based learning (PBL) based on ongoing analysis. I help them integrate STEM-foundational thinking into their classrooms as well as implementing blended learning models so that all students benefit. I serve as a STEM and innovation liaison to other professional development groups and district/school leadership to ensure communication throughout the district staff and community. I lead teacher study groups to increase content and pedagogical knowledge of STEM and innovation instruction, as well as provide instructional support and collaborative coaching in STEM and innovation to teachers and school/district leadership. Finally, I implement the use of technology and innovation in classroom MakerSpace environments as distinct from the use of technology as a tool for teacher collaboration and managing student work.