From the very beginning of my hiring process, it was obvious that EHS respects and embraces the diverse interests of both its students and faculty. In the same way that EHS seeks to develop well-rounded students, I try to be a well-rounded teacher. At EHS, I have found the opportunity to further my passions for teaching different types of history and political science, coaching two sports, and serving on a variety of committees.
I always try to make the information as relatable to students’ lives as possible. In every unit, I seek to draw parallels to the world they know today. Many students enter the class with the misconception that history is dry and without relevance. I choose sometimes shocking and humorous narratives from history that make history come alive in the classroom. Far too often, we forget that historical figures were real people just like us, so my daily goal is to break down that barrier.
One major influence in my life over the last year has been the study of stoic philosophy, which has improved all areas of my life including teaching, coaching, and personal relationships. While it is never easy to live up to such lofty ideals, the stoics themselves remind us that all we can do is get back up the next day and try again.