6th Grade Teacher
“A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.”
- Author Unknown
Although my father was (and still is) a superb teacher, teaching never really enticed me at an early age. I was bound to be an artist and left California to study graphic design and illustration in a private university in Arkansas. While home for the summer after my freshman year of university, I worked as a counselor, outdoor instructor and cabin parent in a camp for underprivileged youth in Susanville, California. Those ten weeks would revolutionize my future studies and life’s journey as I was internally compelled to switch majors and become a teacher.
Throughout the next 4 years of university, I was privileged to teach and live in Vietnam and Africa. After graduating from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with an Elementary Education Teaching Credential, I was eagerly off to teach abroad and “continue” my education ultimately experiencing life outside the United States.
For the next 5 years I lived and taught in various educational settings in Beijing, China. From the high mountains of Tibet to the crowded cities of Shang Hai and Hong Kong, the precious Chinese people opened my eyes to the beauty of their tradition, diversity and culture. Although I am so thankful for all that I learned in China, it’s who I met and brought back with me that overwhelms me with utter gratitude and joy… my precious wife!
Since our return from China our family has grown. Our oldest boy is almost done with third grade, loves building things, inspires through technology, and spells better than his father! Our second oldest son loves circuits, giggling whenever possible, and is enjoying Kindergarten after eagerly anticipating the start of his academic education. Our third boy enjoys having mommy at his beckon call, tagging alongside her during the day waiting for his two older brothers to return from school. Finally, our smallest boy runs the hallways of our home with relentless energy, climbing every single piece of furniture we own! Needless to say, our family enjoys being together and staying busy. You might see us on one of the many breathtaking trails around Shasta County, or swimming and splashing in one of the areas refreshing lakes. Right now, having a lunch in the park, playing basketball, building Lego contraptions, or participating in laser tag is one of the many favorite activities we love doing together.
As I begin my tenth year teaching at Millville, I am excited and grateful to serve and assist the exceptional students, parents and staff here at Millville Elementary School in continuing to fulfill its goal…”Millville Elementary School, A great place to learn.”