I have a lot of people ask me what I like most about teaching sixth graders. My reply is simple: everyday I show up to work and have the opportunity to spend the day with some of the most energetic, charismatic, and unpredictable people in the world. Sixth graders tend to change personalities more often than they do their socks which presents me with interesting and new challenges everyday.
One of my favorite things to do is travel. Whenever we get the opportunity we try to get away, even if for only a weekend camping or to the coast. On the left you will see my beautiful wife, Holly, (or Mrs. Wagner to you Island City alumni) and I am holding our youngest son, Caleb, who was born in March last year. Standing between us is our 5-year-old son Bryce.
As you can probably tell, my family is incredibly important to me and I find no greater joy in life than spending time with them. We live in La Grande where I grew up and attended La Grande High School then Eastern Oregon University. During the summer I work for the Oregon Department of Forestry dispatching forest fires. Along with my family, teaching and working with kids is where I find my greatest enjoyment, fulfillment and purpose in life. It is my hope as a teacher that I can pass on my love of life and passion for learning to every student in my class.