I was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I graduated from Washington State University in 1994 (Go Cougs!). In 1999, I married my wife Deborah. We moved to Central Oregon in 2000 and I started teaching at the old Edwin Brown High School in 2003. Now I’m at RHS and excited about the future. My passions outside school are mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and music. Check me out skiing the Wallowas and trying to cross Boulder Creek on a busted bridge (yikes)! I promise this year won’t be that scary.
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.