I was born in Buffalo, New York on February 28, 1971. My family and I moved to Iowa when I was 5 years old. I grew up in a town of 300 people called Washta. We were famous for being known as the "Coldest spot in Iowa." I attended Willow Elementary, Junior High and High School. I was active in many sports and activities to include: baseball, football, basketball, track, swing choir, band and speech. I graduated from high school in 1989 with a class of 26 students. We even had a foreign exchange student from Sweden.
My next move was to attend Morningside College in Sioux City. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications and Business Administration. In other words, I learned how to work in television as a broadcast engineer and I can do accounting very well. I worked for ABC, NBC, PBS and FOX over the next 15 years.
Now for something challenging. In October of 1996, I joined the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division as a medic. I jumped out of helicopters and planes for the next 4 years. During this time, I met my wife Tara and we were married on January 15, 1997. We are still married today and have two kids-McKenzie and Connor. I still felt like I needed something more in my life. I wanted to use my experience as an engineer, medic, husband and father to help others. That said, I become a teacher. I graduated from Cardinal Stritch in 2012 with my Wisconsin Teaching Certification. I later earned my Master of Arts degree in 2013 and I've never looked back.
Current Position K – 8 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Science) Instructor August 2018 – Present Central City Cyberschool, Milwaukee WI I introduce students to various concepts to include: the Engineering Design Process, Newton’s three laws of gravity, the Scientific Method, applying math to real-world problems and computer coding. I use hands-on activities and lessons to help teach students how to work individually or as part of a team.
Previous Teaching Experience 3rd Grade Teacher August 2013-March 2018 Parkview Elementary, Milwaukee, WI I taught math, science, reading, writing, social studies, geography and health to a diverse population at Parkview, a traditional elementary school within Milwaukee Public Schools. In addition, I lead an after-school Lego Robotics program for 5th grade students interested in building and programming robots.
STEM Summer School Teacher April 2014-April 2018 Wauwatosa School District, Wauwatosa, WI I taught STEM classes to students in Grades 1-7. My goal was to get students excited about STEM technology by participating in hands-on activities that focus on understanding pressure, gravity, mechanical and civil engineering, the engineering process and Newton’s three laws.
DoD STARBASE STEM Instructor January 2012-August 2013 U.S. Army Reserve Base, Milwaukee, WI I was part of the team that help open the first STARBASE Academy School in Wisconsin. I engaged and instructed urban, at-risk, 5th grade students with inquiry-based curriculum. Through the program’s “hands-on, mind-on” experiential activities, we explored Newton’s 3 laws, Bernoulli’s principle, CAD, robotics, CO2-dragsters and creating prototypes using the Engineering Design Process.
My Teaching Philosophy Hard work is the key to success....inside and outside of the classroom.
My Military family
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