I think it is important that you know who teaches you. Big picture - I have a Bachelors Degree in biology and secondary education, a Masters Degree in Biology with a specialization in Human Anatomical Sciences and am a National Board Certified Teacher. I have been employed by District 204 for the past 20 years in addition to teaching a Waubonsee Community College since 2004. Below is a snapshot of my teaching history:
- I graduated from Augustana College in 1991 with a Bachelors Degree in biology and secondary education. After working at the Chicago Medical School researching Parkinson Disease, I began working in the public schools.
- Following a few years teaching in rural Illinois, I was hired by the district in 1997. I have taught at Waubonsie Valley (both the Gold and Green buildings) as well as Neuqua Valley at the Frontier Campus in addition to coaching Softball, Volleyball and the Scholastic Bowl.
- In 2001, I was granted a one-year leave of absence to pursue my education at Northern Illinois University, was awarded a Masters Degree in Biology with a specialization in Human Anatomical Sciences and returned to teach in the district the following year as well as teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology at Waubonsee Community College.
- I completed the required assessments from National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to earn National Board Certification in Science in 2009.
- In SY2014-15, I took another one-year leave of absence for mission work in the Philippines where I taught Biology, Anatomy and Physiology as well as Medical Science to students whose parents worked in the mission field in South East Asia.
- On a personal note, my wife and I have been married for 16 years and have two girls ages 13 and 11.
I truly look forward to the upcoming year.