Fourth Grade

Education: University of Delaware

Northern Michigan University

Bachelor of Science

Masters Degree

Experience: I have a myriad of experiences in education beginning in an alternative education program in Delaware and then moving on to the public school system in Rising Sun which is where my family has established roots. I began teaching at St. Joan of Arc ten years ago. My educational approaches are based in performance based learning experiences where students are placed in situations where their critical thinking and creative skills are practiced and facilitated. Collaboration and group working environments are created where students learn to compete and work together in a nonthreatening manner. I prefer an integrated approach where different areas of study are combined in a natural order that will allow for in depth exploration of a multitude of related concepts and tasks. Students might find themselves reading a swashbuckling tale in Language Arts, while practicing how to use the earth's imaginary grid system to create a plan of piracy that would take advantage of the riches of the world available in the 18th century or students might be reading a tale about survival in colonial America while they work in colonial groups to survey prospective lands to settle, plan fortifications, and plant actual food and cash crops that would help sustain their colony.

Bio: I am a Michigander that moved to Delaware in 1981. My wife Marsha and I live in Port Deposit with our dogs Haley (yellow lab) and Rudi (English Springer). Our son Clint and his wife Jen live in Middletown, Delaware with our grand daughter Kelly and our twin grandsons Troy and Caleb. We are big Wolverine, Tigers, Lions and Redwings fans. We still return home home often to Michigan to visit friends and family, but our favorite vacation spots are Ocean Isle, North Carolina and Nauset Beach, Massachusetts.