I am a Christian, a dad, husband, teacher, former football coach and lifelong learner. These descriptors will always be applicable to me in some way. Following Christ has been my foundation. I don’t think I have the capacity to love or be patient with the students or accomplish what I have without this foundation. Becoming a father changed my approach to teaching positively and irrevocably. Having a child who is gifted and one who is on an IEP has taught me from the inside what it is like to face struggles in the classroom both academically and socially. Understanding, truly understanding, has made me a better teacher and a better person.
The saying once a coach always a coach is 100% true. Growing up, my football coaches, as crazy as they were, were my dads–my father-figures. Each head coach that I worked under when I coached myself shaped who I am. They taught me styles of management, how to lead, and how to coach–yes, coaching is more than rolling a ball in the middle of the floor and saying “go at it” or creating pithy sayings that motivated. So now over two decades and a few years into teaching I am still referring back to their lessons. As I move forward I will continue to improve to learn to grow to evolve because as one of my coaches once said, “Each day I need to work to get better, if not I will be getting worse. There is no such thing as staying the same.”