The structure of education in America has largely remained the same for many decades and, as a child, I felt that the traditional model of schooling did not serve me. This is why I chose to be a teacher and my life’s work has become a search for an authentic approach to education. A socially, environmentally, and technologically aware approach that meets the needs of the world today. An approach that harnesses the ideas and talents of young people to help make the world a better place. An approach that embraces real-world experiences and experimentation, and persistence in the face of failure.
I began teaching 16 years ago in Charleston, SC as a history educator at the middle school level, and developed county and state curriculum for content across grade levels. A native of Colorado, I returned in 2010 to continue this work in the Denver area, most recently as an art teacher and the director of HackSchool for the HadaNou Collective at my high school. Hackschool is a program that provides students with a makerspace and encourages them to discover their interests and strengths through authentic education while creating solutions for the world’s problems at the same time. I am also an avid outdoorsman and have designed and led outdoor education programs that include camping, backpacking, hiking, survival skills, and snowboarding at both the middle and high school level.
I love spending time with my wife, dog, chickens, and bees; being outdoors, snowboarding, practicing aikido, designing and building new things, and gaming.