I'm an educator and family man. My wonderful wife Becky and I have been married since 2005 and she has been an active supporter of the classroom community. We have two children that attend J.J. Hill Montessori as well. When I'm not at school, my time is spent with family, often playing with the kids and working on house projects. 

     As a teacher, I work to foster a healthy community both inside and out of the classroom. I often think of our classroom as a family and our work together is a special bond that will last for years. I still reach out to former children and wish them birthdays! I believe that every child should be cared for and respected and that relationships matter. We know that every child has an innate ability to learn, discover, and explore but our children need to be valued and given meaningful tasks that enrich their school and their world. My hope is our that work together fosters a love of learning that our children will carry that with them for many years outside of this class. ​




2004   Bachelors Degree - University of Minnesota
2005   First Year Teaching- Lincoln Elementary
2006   Masters Degree - University of Minnesota
2007   5th Grade Teacher - Lincoln Elementary
2009   Nominated for Top Teacher Award
           Cable in the Classroom Teacher of Honor
2010   5th Grade - Evergreen Park I.B.
​           Completed I.B. Level One and Three Training
2011   2nd Grade - Eisenhower Elementary
           KS95 Teacher of the Week
2012   Nominated for Above and Beyond Award
           KS95 Teacher Grand Prize Winner
           KS95 Teacher of the Week
2013   Above and Beyond Award Winner.

2014    E1 -  J.J. Hill Montessori School 

2016    Masters Degree - UWRF

         ​    Outstanding Student Award -UWRF

             AMS Certification 2017 - 2021

             Nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the  Year

​2017    Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

2018    SeeSaw Ambassador 

2019    National Geographic Certified Educator 

2020   Nearpod Ambassador

​           AMS Certification 2021-2026

           Supervising Professor UW- River Falls

​           Nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

​2021   Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

2021   Adjunct Professor- UW River Falls

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