I was born in Southern California many moons ago. After graduating from high school in La Jolla I attended UC Davis where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics. With my diploma in hand & in no hurry to begin a 'real job', I worked & skied at Alta, Utah for a season, worked for a multi-media company, and spent several spring/summer & falls in Bass Lake California (adjacent to Yosemite, one of my favorite places!). During this period of my life I worked at a summer camp for kids. It was that experience that ignited my desire to teach. I earned my teaching credential at Cal State Hayward & have been teaching in Alameda since 1989.
I have always felt that my relationship with the students is the key to my effectiveness in the classroom. Teaching involves so much more than getting through my curriculum. I am vehemently opposed to standardized testing movement sweeping across the nation as more is missed than captured about what a student knows when the assessment is multiple choice and not teacher created. I prefer to assess what I have taught than teach to the test.
All students are unique and smart. Some students come to school "wired" to do well and others show their intelligence in ways that school does not traditionally value. I work very hard to make my curriculum as accessible and engaging as possible so that all types of learners have the opportunity to be successful in school.
My family and I live on the West end of Alameda & my children attend Encinal (so did my wife!) I still love what I do and feel lucky to be a part of the Encinal community.
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a living' is not the same thing as making a 'life'. I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the correct decision. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."