Some teachers are born. Others are made. I am the latter.
Believe it or not, I didn’t set out in life to become a history teacher. If you’d asked 16 year old me what I wanted to do, I would have told you that I wanted to work in Television and Film Production. In fact, my first job was at Vancouver’s own Homework Helpline TV show. Perhaps it was a sign that I’d end up in education, but it definitely wasn’t clear to me then.
To pursue the dream of working in TV, I chose to go to Washington State University, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Communications, with and emphasis in Broadcast Production. I directed several shows for the local, student run cable station, Cable 8, including the flagship SportsCenter style show, Inside the Lines. Simultaneously, I worked for ABC, Fox, ESPN and other big networks when they came town to cover football and basketball. Additionally, I was one of two WSU students selected to work the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Spokane, WA. Of course, I was also taking quite a few history classes while I was at WSU. I enjoyed learning about history and chose history electives whenever possible. As my junior year rolled around an advisor noticed that I was several credits ahead due to spending my summers in Pullman, taking classes, and that I would be able to finish a double major in History by the end of my 4 years at school. Since I wasn’t in a hurry to jump into the real wold, I dove into the upper level history classes, wrote several long papers, and left school with degrees in Communications and History.
After school, I moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and started working at Comcast SportsNet. Unfortunately, the life of the lowly production assistant wasn’t as glamorous as it seemed, and after two years of working in TV, I decided I didn’t want to be constantly working nights and weekends. I was married in 2010 and my wife’s job moved us back to Seattle shortly thereafter. In Seattle, I initially stayed close to media by selling advertising before moving into a IT sales job. Of course, I wasn’t exactly happy in sales. It wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to make a difference, to impact the lives of those around me and improve my community and country. I volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Puget Sound and was hooked. In 2013 I quit my job and enrolled in Western Washington University’s Masters in Teaching program. Two years later, I graduated.
To learn more about my teaching style, please read my Philosophy of Education.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, golfing, geeking out on Apple products, and yelling GO COUGS!
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