MS Curriculum and Instruction - Educational Communicaton and Technology - University of Wisconsin, Madison BA Philosopy, University of Wisconsin Madison - AS Telecommunication Technology, Napa Valley College - Education Specialist, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA
Why Do I Teach?
I was inspired to become an educator by a man who ran a successful program at the Chicago jail that taught life skills as well as academic subjects to felons who were returning to society. I had been at the Chicago jail to do an educational video about his program for a non-profit in Milwaukee during my first career as a video engineer. My goals evolved as I learned that over 50% of the people who end up in jail qualify for special education. A higher percent, around 70%, end up in jail who have not graduated from high school. That is an enormous waste of talent.
My Expectations of Students
I want every student to know that they have a special gift or talent to give to the world and that through hard work, perseverance and help from others, they can achieve their goals. I expect my students to be true to themselves and to avail themselves of the help offered to achieve their goals, especially, in the short run, to graduate from high school, and in the long run to be the best person they can be.
My Favorite Quote
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us....And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others. Marianne Williamson as quoted in Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech in 1994