I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended the Kalamazoo Christian Schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I did not know it at the time but as I progressed through high school, my future was being shaped. Inspired by my teachers, my love for science was growing strong but I was not sure how I should pursue a science career as I could not see myself working in a lab. Also, during my freshman year of high school, I joined the cross country and track teams and running quickly became a key part of my life.
Before I knew it, I graduated and found myself at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I continued to pursue science and running. After about a year at Calvin, my path became clearer as I reflected on the great teachers and coaches that had been such strong role models in my life. It was then that I decided to become a teacher and a coach. After graduating from Calvin certified to teach biology and chemistry, I was hired to teach science and coach cross country and track at West Allis Central High School just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During these first few years of teaching, I began to better understand what it took to be an effective teacher but I also knew that I had much more to learn. As a result, I earned a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. After four years in Wisconsin, my wife finished her schooling and accepted a job back in Grand Rapids. Shortly thereafter, I was hired at Grand Rapids Christian High School to teach science and to assist with the cross country and track programs. Throughout the next few years, I constantly looked for ways to improve my teaching which often included testing new technology tools.
A few years ago, after some restructuring, my high school decided to hire two Instructional Technology Coaches who would split their time between teaching and being technology integration coaches at the high school. I immediately applied for this position and when I was hired, I was excited to help my coworkers better use all the technology that was available. To better prepare myself for this new role, I earned a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. The rest of this website will describe and display many of the things I learned, created and accomplished while earning this degree.
When I am not teaching, coaching or exploring new educational technology tools, I am fortunate to spend time with my family. My wife is an amazing woman who is the glue that holds our family together. My three awesome kids bring more joy to my life than I could have ever imagined! In my free time, I love to run, read, brew, watch sports and serve at our church.
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