As a classroom teacher I have one of the best jobs in the world. Not only is each day different, but it also provides an awesome opportunity to learn from students and adults alike. As an educator, my role is to provide a safe, welcoming environment where students feel comfortable taking risks necessary to succeed. Our “Classroom Family” will be a positive environment in which students feel valued, value others, and develop a love of learning. All students will work individually and as a team to make social, emotional, and academic gains.
I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Secondary Education. After graduation I continued my studies at Florida earning both a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Specialist’s Degree in Curriculum Development. Earning my Specialist Degree is a proud achievement as I completed it while teaching full time and mentoring and learning from several sets of interns. This will be my 16th year in the classroom having taught in both Florida and Virginia.
I live with my wife, new baby, and dog in Arlington and love it as there’s always something to do, people to meet, or things to explore. I’m a huge sports fan and enjoy playing and watching most of them. Being from Florida I’m not a huge fan of winter unless it’s snowing and school is cancelled. Then, it’s the best! I’m lucky to have a wonderful family and can’t wait for you to become a part of it.
One of my all-time favorite books is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. This book is about a china rabbit named Edward who thinks the world of himself. In fact, he thinks so highly of himself that he doesn’t care or even think about others. His lack of empathy and disregard for other people’s feelings is so strong that it makes us wonder if change is even possible for him. To find out, we get to read through Edward’s wild adventures, his family, name, and outfit changes, and his interactions with others (Including scary Pellegrina) to see if he is, in fact, capable of change.