My biggest claim to fame as a human is that I was born in Yokosuka, Japan—the son of a Marine and his wife. I have three teenage sons, have been married for 21 years, and live about 100 yards from the beautiful shores of Lake Erie.
You may have guessed that I am not your typical, everyday, 20-something teacher. I am not. For me, teaching is a second career.
I spent the first part of my life as a church pastor after earning my undergraduate degree in 1995. My interest in special education came after an invitation to teach wood-crafting at a local day camp for campers with special needs. That was five years ago.
I finished my master’s degree in education in December 2011 at Cleveland State University. Less than two months after graduation, I was hired as a full-time moderate/intensive intervention specialist at the rural Buckeye Trail Elementary School in Guernsey County, Ohio. This school year will be my first full year of teaching in a self-contained classroom for K–5 students.
I am fond of Pearl Jam, DC*B, cashews, Dostoyevsky, Dumas, The Sound of Music, hot tea, Playstation, green olives, Star Wars, Lemony Snicket, malaprops, doppelgangers, history, theology, and poetry.