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About Me

I grew up
 in Hazen, ND where I enjoyed academics, athletics, outdoor adventure, music, church activities, and scouting.

After high school, I played hockey for the NAHL Junior "A" Bismarck Bobcats and continued on to study and play hockey at Saint John's University. SJU is where I confirmed my love for academics, specifically mathematics.

My bachelors degree, Math Education, was obtained in 2008 through the University of Mary. That same year, I was hired as math teacher for Shiloh Christian School, where I have remained since.  

My life's passion is learning! I desire to know more about myself, God, and about His creation. In Luke 10:27, Jesus urges, "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind." Mathematics provides one of the purest ways to do so, experiencing God's creativity, intentionality, and brilliance - to love Him with all our minds.

At the most fundamental level, mathematics serves as a tool with which we can tap into universal truths. There is order in even the seemingly chaotic. Logic, analysis, patterns, philosophy, rationality, reason, clear communication - mathematics - are beautifully embedded in much of our world. We should not be asking when we might use math...rather, how? Mathematics is worth the discipline and hard work it demands.

I have found that the most effective way to truly understand a topic is to teach it. Therefore, I love to teach and to learn alongside my students:

In the summer of 2010, I attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute for school leadership through Columbia University. The program focused on education, instruction, and diversity and was taught by some of the best in the world. In 2011-12, I returned to school and obtained a Master's degree in Teaching - Mathematics through Minot State University. My experiences as student have been some of the fondest of my life.

Coaching hockey and a love for goaltending have been woven throughout the past 15 years. I am currently in my 15th season as the founder and head instructor of Goalrobber Hockey Schools, 13th season as the Bismarck Hockey Boosters goalie coordinator, and 12th season as an assistant coach for the Bismarck Century High School Patriots.

In addition to teaching and coaching, I thoroughly enjoy playing chess, guitar, piano, singing, reading, longboarding, traveling, worshiping, working out, technology, Spanish language, fishing, and tinkering.

I am currently working toward my Ph.D. in Educational Research at the University of North Dakota with a focus on private school Climate & Culture. I will be marrying the love of my life in November :)

* For more about me, check out this video I made for one of my doctoral classes: Video

** A wonderful resource on Christian ontology and epistemology in light of teaching and academy, authored by my friend and mentor, Dr. Mark Eckel.

Philipians 4: 4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all; the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.

"Teach & Learn"

"Create & Collaborate"

"Explore & Experience"