- 6th Grade Teacher
34719 Co Hwy 24
I've been blessed to teach at St. John for the past three years. In that time, I've transitioned from teaching 5th and 6th grades in the same classroom to just having the 6th grade in my room. Every year brings something new though, from teaching 5th grade science (which I still do) to teaching 8th grade math (which I no longer do) to taking on 7th and 8th grade music (which I'm about to do for the first time!). These fun challenges keep me on my toes and make sure that no school year is quite like the last.
At home, God has blessed me with a wonderful family. My wife Fiona is the single greatest earthly blessing in my life. She has allowed me to continue teaching and putting most of my focus during the school year on my students without worrying about things at home falling apart. We were also blessed with five sons between 2011 and 2017. They seem to just keep getting older and growing, and certainly make sure that my life never gets boring.
As far as my past, I was born in Cincinnati but raised in many places, eventually settling in Livonia, MI for my middle and high school years. I attended both public and parochial schools, and ended up at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. I graduated in 2009 and was assigned to St. Paul's in East Troy, WI, where I taught mainly 3rd and 4th grades and directed the athletics programs. I was there for six years and still miss seeing my students there grow up. Many of them are in high school and college now; they turned into young adults sometime when I blinked, and I still love hearing from them.
Personally, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, playing video games, playing sports, and getting together for movie and game nights. My favorite subject to teach is God's Word, especially when my students share thoughts or passages that I had never heard before. It's amazing how I get to grow along with my students every time we read the Bible together. I'm a big fan of Detroit sports teams, and if students are ever thinking of getting me a present, they can't go wrong with salty snacks or silly socks.