Subject: 7th Gr. Honors Social Studies
10th Gr. AP World History
12th Gr. Honors Government (We the People)
I have an open-door policy for students/parents and welcome an opportunity to work together to make this a great year. I can be contacted via voice mail at, (480) 497-4034, ext. 249, or please email me. I will return all communications as soon as possible.
This is my 10th year teaching at GCA. Wright's Lightning Warriors are my legion and I am proud to be working with such a diverse and conscientious group of students. In addition, this year's Academic Decathlon Theme is World War II.
My educational philosophy is simply this; An engaged student of history is one who will learn to question not merely the dates and places, but the why, how, and "how does this impact me" perspective. I'm an advocate of differentiated instruction (which is a fancy way of saying I like to mix it up when I'm teaching). Each day should bring something a little different so that all the students will stay connected to what we are learning. Reading, discussion and participation are critical! Students will be challenged to continue to develop their language, writing, critical reading, analytical and creative side as well. We will be using the computer every day, sometimes a little, and others a great deal. Students of the 21st century must have the flexibility and skills necessary to thrive in a plugged-in or pencil and paper world. Finally, I think students deserve to understand expectations placed on them so they have the opportunity to achieve and feel safe in the classroom environment.
I am originally from mid-Missouri (Go Tigers) and have lived in the Valley since 2001. I love music, sports, reading, and enjoy spending time with family and especially my eleven year old son Eric (Greenfield Gators 6th Grader).
Office/Tutoring Hours: T-F 7:15-7:40 am, M-F 2:40-3:15 pm or by appointment