I believe in the "Worth of a Child." I believe every child can learn! They may learn in different ways and different speeds, but they can learn. Children need to know what is expected of them and have multiple opportunities to reach those expectations. As a teacher, I must set the stage for each individual child to reach his or her fullest potential. I believe that my greatest strength is implementing this belief!
Being a male teacher is one important attribute that I posses in the classroom. With few male elementary teachers in the classroom, I am a needed asset with all the continuous and numerous broken homes with in our Nation.
I believe the first rule of learning is repetition. Research proves that in order for knowledge or mental processing to be committed to long-term memory, students must have many opportunities to experience and practice the concepts and procedures they are exposed to. This is true for extension or remediation. Daily math review is one activity that I use. Students learn in different ways and different speeds. I believe it is so important to incorporate three (ESL) strategies evenly throughout the day. I instruct in three modalities of learning: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.
When it comes to classroom management, I am a strong believer in being consistent and fair to all students. Furthermore, I like to teach lifelong learning skills such as responsibility and teamwork. I do this by incorporating a token economy and having students in teams. Students are rewarded for positive responsible choices such as Active Listening, encouraging and helping others, having parents look over and initial completed work and return it to school, Hall of Fame, staying on task, and participation to name a few. In turn, the top four teams that receive the most tokens at the end of the month will earn an incentive. Lastly, I want my students to have self-worth and confidence. One way I do this daily, is by positive verbal and written feedback. If dealing with a student individually or as a whole class, they need to know when they have done well.
To enhance the learning process in my classroom, I share my personal hobbies, include guest speakers, and have parents involved in the classroom. The photos and knowledge that I have acquired over the years backpacking, section hiking the scenic long trails of the United States, firefighting, and being a super fan are great teaching tools. Due to my numerous passions mentioned above, I have numerous stories to tell the children. Using community resources is a necessity too. Yearly visits from higher educational institutional mascots and parental involvement such as class parties and field trips complete the total learning experience in the classroom.
In Conclusion, with my important male teacher status, implementation of my teaching strategies, classroom management skills, the sharing of hobbies, positive classroom environment and involvement of the community, I will continue to make my classroom a professional and safe place for growth and learning for the leaders of tomorrow.
Elementary School Teacher: Oak Hills Elementary & Boulton Elementary, Bountiful UT., Antelope Elementary, Clearfield, UT. & T.O. Smith Elementary, Ogden UT. Teach 8, 9, and 10 year old students a variety of subjects from the Utah Core Curriculum. 8/99-present.(22 years)
Wildland Firefighter: Salt Lake Helitack & Bonneville Hotshots, Salt Lake Bureau of Land Management. Salt Lake City, UT. Fighting fire on federal and state lands throughout the Western United States. 5/99-8/11 (13 summer seasons)
Assistant Soccer Coach: Bonneville High School (Women), Washington Terrace, UT. Bradshaw Mt. High School (Men) and Yavapai Community College (Men). Prescott, AZ. Trained goalkeepers and worked with defensive area of the game. 8/99-1/99 & 8/98-11/98, 11/95-1/96 and 8/95-11/95.
Equipment Rentals Manager/ Backpacking Guide: Outdoor programs at Weber State University. Ogden, UT. and Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff, AZ. Responsible for student workers, financial responsibilities, and guiding students in the outdoors. 8/96-8/99 & 1/93-5/95.
Head Lifeguard: Y.M.C.A. and Yavapai Community College. Prescott, AZ. In charge of pool setting. 5/96-8/96, 5/94-8/94 and 5/93-8/93 & 5/91-8/92.
Weber State University: Ogden, UT. Bachelor of Science. 9/96-5/99.
National Outdoor Leadership School: Lander, WY. Outdoor Educator. 6/98-7/98.
Northern Arizona University: Flagstaff, AZ. Bachelor of General Studies. 1/93-5/95.
University of Illinois at Springfield: Springfield, IL. 9/92-12/92.
Yavapai Community College: Prescott, AZ.Associate of General Studies. 9/89-5/92.
Sabino High School: Tucson, AZ. 9/85-6/89.
*800 mile completion of the Arizona Scenic Tail (2017)
*3,100 mile completion of the Continental Divide Scenic Trail (2017)
*486 mile completion of the Colorado Scenic Trail (2012) and (2020)
*Yavapai Community College (2014) Hall of Fame 1990 Soccer Team Inductee.
*KSL.com "High 5 Award" (2009).
*The Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education Nominee (2008).
* Standard Examiner (2001), (2002) & (2005) Apple Teacher Award.
*Outstanding Student (1999) Teacher Education Program at Weber State University.
*Employee of the Month for Weber State (1997) and Northern Arizona University Outdoor Programs (1995).
*Second Team NCSA All Tournament Team (1997).
*Member of (1998) NCSA Weber State University Runner-Up and (1997) Final Four Teams.
*Most Value Player for Weber State University Soccer Team (1996).
*Member of (1992) NCAA Div. 2 Final Four Team at University of Illinois at Springfield.
*Member of (1990) NJCAA National Soccer Championship Team at Yavapai Community College.
University of Arizona Wildcats super fan, hot yoga, waddling up mountains in different velocities to obtain elevation gain and heart rate, ultra-light section hiking/ backpacking, listening to LOUD music (metal and outlaw country), organization, and living simple.