I've been teaching since 2004 (at Fireside since 2006), after I switched careers as a reporter and writer, most recently as a science writer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. I have a master's degree in aesthetic education and a PhD in curriculum and instruction; ecological education was the focus of my dissertation. I am National Board certified, and I teach arts integration (to teachers) through Think 360 Arts Education. I am also a scuba diving instructor, and I love to travel, sail, and dive around the world!
I am thrilled to be joining Fireside after teaching 6th-8th grades at several different types of schools across Colorado’s Front Range! I was born and grew up (mostly) in Oklahoma, but spent a good deal of my childhood here in Colorado, After studying political science CSU in Fort Collins, I started my career in education as a 6th grade teacher at a K-8 school in Pueblo. At the same time, I worked as a youth pastor for elementary, middle and high schoolers, and volunteered with the Pueblo County Search & Rescue Team. While in Southern Colorado, I earned my MA in American history, married my wife, Alyson, and that's where we had our first child, Emily. I then spent two years teaching 6th Grade at a K-8 school in the Mapleton School District in Denver before coming to BVSD to teach at Angevine. Eight years ago we welcomed our son, Weston, into the family, and both kids now attend Blue Mountain Elementary in Longmont where we live and my wife teaches 2nd grade. Outside of school, I enjoy doing just that—being outside. My family and I usually spend our weekends skiing, hiking, camping, riding motorcycles, or just walking our dogs to the park, so Boulder County is the perfect fit for us!