School: I graduated from Elsinore High School in 2008. All four of my high school years were spent as a tiger, and I had a great experience. I played varsity golf each of those years, emphasis on varsity (which is sarcastic, we only had one team). I made it out alive, and now I am here to instill the same suffering and agony on my own high school students. I mean that in the best way possible.
From high school I went straight to California State University San Marcos to earn my bachelors of arts in history. I did so in four and a half years, and I managed not to take History 101 until my last semester of college. Other classes that I took right on schedule included; Women and Jewish History, History of China, American Intellectual History, Imagery in American History, Women’s History in America, the Foreign Policy of Russia, Globalism, and my favorite class which was an English class, U.S. War Literature. I took many other classes, lower and upper division general education classes like College Algebra, Astronomy, Public Speaking, and of course a handful of education classes. It was an overall great time, and I genuinely found something to take with me from each and every class, even if it was just “I do not want to be this teacher when I have my own class.”
Teaching Philosophy: The teaching philosophy I align with most is existential. I feel that the classroom, and any learning environment, should be student centered. Emphasis on the individual is stressed, and I feel that student choice is important. There is a lot of student choice on assignments and activities in my classroom.
Personal: I was introduced to the sport of ice hockey when I was a sophomore in high school, and have been a big fan ever since. I am a big sports fan in general, my teams are the Anaheim Ducks, Angels, and the Lakers. I am also a big fan of traveling the world. Growing up I raced BMX competitively and my parents would take me all around the U.S. to chase points, so I have been to 36 of the 50 United States. I take a trip to Arizona every spring to go watch MLB Spring Training games. When I was a teenager I traveled Europe for a month with my family, it was incredible. Since then I have been on a Caribbean cruise, traveled to Mexico, and just recently returned from a ten day family wedding/vacation in Greece. Up next on my list of places to see are a variety of U.S. cities (New Orleans, D.C., Chicago...) Australia, and Canada internationally!