Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in World Religion - University of Georgia; Master of Education in Teaching - Schreiner University; 1-8 Generalist; K-12 Special Education
This school year will be like no other. As an educator, I am faced with the most challenging situation I've ever faced. However, I am committed to creating an encouraging, supportive virtual AVID classroom that will meet both the academic needs and the emotional needs of my students. My theme for this year is "Adaptability" and we will focus much attention on patience. As a teacher, I need to be patient with my students as they learn new online platforms and adjust to distance education. Students will need to practice patience with each other, as some students will likely master skills more quickly than others. Students will also need to practice patience and adaptability as their teachers try new approaches, evaluate those approaches, then try other new approaches. With this new reality in which we find ourselves, our ability to adapt to new situations will likely be the key to academic success, emotional wellness, and a lifetime of being able to change with the changing times. We will still be researching colleges and careers, working together in weekly Tutorials with our Tutors, having high level academic conversations and debates, learn how to read and write for learning, as well working collaboratively on team-building and confidence building games and activities, be they in-person or from a distance.
My AVID Classroom is a unique and inviting environment. In this "room", we break down walls that separate us. We treat each other with dignity and respect. We come to rely on one another for support and encouragement. We become a family like no other class I've ever experienced. It's one of the myriad reasons I love teaching AVID - I have the freedom to adjust and adapt to the needs of my students on a moment's notice, much as a family has that ability.
Our learning launchpad will be Google Classroom, and our "face-to-face" platform will be Zoom. As the year progresses, we will be experimenting with many different online platforms as we figure out which platforms are the most user-friendly and enjoyable, while still providing the rigor necessary to be a challenge.
I have been teaching a total of 18 years. The 2020-2021 school year will be my 15th year teaching at Eisenhower. This will be my 14th year as the AVID Coordinator and Elective Teacher at Eisenhower. In my spare time, I am a performing songwriter and musician as well as a gardener, woodworker, travel-junkie, and general do-it-yourselfer. I also work as a Staff Developer for AVID, teaching AVID strategies to teachers across the country. I'm married to an amazing woman and father to an incredible young woman of 18.
1st Period (8:30 – 9:35) 8th grade AVID
3rd Period (9:40 – 10:45) Planning Period
Lunch (10:50 - 11:30 ) LUNCH
5th Period (11:35 – 12:40) 6th grade AVID
7th Period (12:45 – 1:50) 6th grade AVID
2nd Period (8:30 - 9:35) 7th grade AVID
4h Period (9:40 - 10: 45) 8th Grade AVID
6th Period (10:50 - 11:55) 7th Grade AVID
8th Period (12:00 - 1:05) 7th grade AVID
Lunch (1:10 - 1:50)
I will be available for any additional assistance on these days and at these times. You will need to access the Zoom link through our Google Classroom under “Classwork”, then scroll to “Resources” section and look for the “Zoom Link For Office Hours”:
Monday: Drop-In 2:00 - 2:50
Tuesday: Drop-In 2:00 - 2:50
Wednesday: By appointment only 2:00 - 3:20
Thursday: Drop-In 2:00 - 2:50
Friday: Drop-In 2:00 - 2:50