Upper School Head
Upper School Golf Coach
B.S. Chemistry, Creighton University
M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Milwaukee
2013-14 is my 19th year on Hawk Hill. I have enjoyed teaching Science courses in the Middle and Upper School, and over the years even getting a chance to ply my craft in the Physical Education and Leadership departments.
The student-teacher relationship at ULS is analogous to the player-coach dynamic on an athletic team. Just as helping an athlete work on individual drills to master a certain skill, the ULS teacher guides students to construct meaning in the classroom from their own experiences. Being able to work with students in small classes, especially being able to help them capitalize on their strengths and address challenges, is the cornerstone of helping every student to be successful.
The author of our Chemistry text describes the enormity of information that exists and cautions students that there are myriad ways a problem can both be presented and solved. The reference information can be readily accessed with modern technology. A key focus in my classes, and as US Head, is to help students develop skills of problem-solving and communication that can be translated to any other field of study. The days of memorizing pages of data is past us with the speed of our electronic devices. As the AP Chemistry curriculum
While there are some key tenets in Chemistry and Physics, or Basketball and Golf, working with students to appreciate unraveling a complex combustion reaction or beating a zone defense demonstrates principles that are more widely applicable than a single, specific problem. The opportunity to guide students to that realization makes it easy to come to school every day, to help students improve. At ULS, I relish the idea of helping students see the big picture.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 children. I have increasingly become a weekend warrior, playing golf or softball for recreation.