Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.A. in Journalism and History as a double major. In 2004, I attended National-Louis University in Chicago, IL where I earned my teaching certificate and a Master of Arts in Teaching. I taught for six years in the city of Chicago, my first year at Carver Middle School as a 6th grade teacher and the rest at Bogan High School where I taught US History, World Studies, Contemporary American History and IB History of the Americas. In 2010, my family and I moved to Minnesota to be closer to family and I started teaching reading. In 2011, I earned my k-12 certificate in reading while teaching at Rockford High School from St. Mary’s University. I came to Park Center to pursue a full time position as a reading teacher in 2012.
When did you begin working at Park Center?
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students can and will learn in my classroom and with high expectations all of my students will be successful in life.
Why did you choose your profession?
I wanted to make a difference. Prior to teaching, I worked for two years at ESPN in Bristol, CT as a Production Assistant. While it was quite an experience, it all seemed pointless in the scheme of life. I knew I wanted to go to graduate school and when I started substitute teaching, it felt like I’d found my calling.
What is your favorite quote?
“Speak softly and always carry a big stick.” Teddy Roosevelt.
In what room(s) can you commonly be found?
I am a big Chicago sports fan, namely the White Sox and Bears. I like to read, watch movies and spend time with my two daughters, wife and dog.
Advice for students going to college?
Make the time last as long as you can… enjoy the adventure and opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Also, if you get the chance, travel abroad for school.
Biggest pet peeve?
When people spend time tearing the scraggly piece of paper off their notebook pages. I mean… don’t you have better use of your time. I don’t care about frayed edges.
Sum up your career at Park Center in one word
If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?
Radio talk show host.