High School Teachers
Masters in Education Technology, Michigan State University
Bachelors in English, Kalamazoo College
Diploma, Traverse City West High School
Year Hired at GLCS: 2004
It has been a thrill to work with the great staff, students, and community members here at Glen Lake since 2004, where I teach English and Journalism. My professional philosophy is that the ideal classroom should be highly structured, student-focused, academically rigorous, and transparent. I plan and implement my classes each day with those goals in mind.
I received my Master’s Degree in Education Technology from Michigan State University in 2008 and graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2003 with a major in English, minor in History, and a Concentration in Education. While at Kalamazoo College, I studied abroad for six months at Lancaster University in England. A lifelong resident of Traverse City, I graduated from Traverse City West in 1999.
I feel my ability to engage all the different students in my classes comes from my diverse personal interests. An avid reader, I especially enjoy the writings of Jim Harrison, Bill Bryson, Virginia Woolf, Cormac McCarthy, Sylvia Plath, Nick Hornby, John Irving, Chuck Klosterman, and Bill Simmons, among many others. My favorite movie is Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” although I also love the films of Christopher Nolan, Adam McKay, Cameron Crowe (especially “Almost Famous”), the Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Ang Lee. My favorite television shows of all time are “Parks and Recreation,” “Game of Thrones”, and “Breaking Bad,” and "Seinfeld." I also enjoy following sports: I referee basketball, coach MS cross-country here at Glen Lake, and enjoy biking, running, and hiking in my free time. On television, I can be distracted for hours by March Madness, the NBA playoffs, Tigers’ baseball, the NFL, golf, and (especially) college football. Once upon a time, I played high school basketball, golf, and track. I can talk politics from both sides of the political aisle and love fact-based debates with no yelling (yelling makes me nervous). While not as outdoorsy as many of my students, I do enjoy fishing for Bluegills with my father and can competently talk about snowmobiling, hunting, and truck engines.
When I’m not grading papers, I enjoy spending time at home in Traverse City with my wife Liz, son James, and dog Gus. My family loves to travel, especially in Europe when possible.