I graduated high school from Blue Valley Northwest in Overland Park, KS in 1999. After that, I went to KSU and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in the mid-2000s. I received my teaching certification and a M.A. in Education from Avila University in 2011, and have been teaching ever since. Currently I am pursuing a M.S. in Mathematics online through Emporia State University and will complete it by winter break of this year.
Degrees I have obtained include: B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.A. in Education, and a M.S. in Mathematics (currently in progress)
Certifications I have earned include: KS Intern Engineer License, KS/MO Teaching Licenseses in 6-12 Math and Physics.
I have had much professional development already throughout my career. Along with usual in-service training provided to all teachers, I have also taken courses in Differentiated Instruction, UBD, Classroom Instruction That Works, and various other teaching pedagogies.
This is my fourth year at WHS and in the district as well. This year I will be teaching mostly math courses, but one science course as well. Courses I'm teaching include Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, Physics, and College Algebra.
I was previously teaching at a private catholic school in downtown KC, Cristo Rey Kansas City High School. I taught math and science there for three years, and it was an extremely rewarding and helped me grow as an educator immensely. However I wanted to be in the public school system, and hence have become a part of the Wellsville family.
I have a wife Shanan and three children at my home in Gardner, KS. Kennedy is the eldest, 15, Gavin is the middle child, 10, and Chris is the youngest, 9. They all attend school in the Gardner school district, and each is involved in various sports and activities outside of school. Our family has three pets; a dog (Rascal) and 2 cats (Vivian and Tito). It's a full house and often a little chaotic, but we love it and each other!
In my free time, my hobbies include spending time with my family, working on my Masters in Mathematics, and programming. I also enjoy talking about various intellectual topics, ranging from politics to history to philosophy, and am always up for a good, meaningful discussion on any issue. I have three children at home and live in Gardner, KS, and this is my third year in the Wellsville School District. My previous employment was with Cristo Rey Kansas City High School as a math/physics teacher.