In the variety of science and mathematics classes I have taught at EHS in the last 26 years, I try to maintain an organized, effective, and nurturing classroom environment that encourages students to participate in classroom activities and ask questions, as well as apply creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. The combination of what I hope are innovative and engaging lessons with concrete structure and organization instill confidence in students.
My colleagues and my students are what make me enjoy teaching. My co-teachers' passion for their subject, their dedication to student success, and their personal commitment as lifelong learners inspire me. The teenagers keep me young, keep things real, and make me laugh every day. I honestly believe that teaching was God’s plan for me, although I took a detour for years as an instrumentation and controls engineer.
At the heart of the word community in our mission statement is respect for the individual and what they bring to the school. I feel that it is very important to make every person—faculty, staff, or student—feel that they have worth in my eyes. From fun things like stickers on homework assignments and Tootsie pops and homework passes for their birthday and the occasional hug, I work to show my students how important they are to me and how much I care about them—I value, appreciate, and respect each one regardless of his/her performance in my class.