The 2017-18 school year is my 32nd year as a teacher in Douglas County. In 1984, my wife and I were driving on Highway 83 and we decided to begin our teaching careers by student teaching in Douglas County (she chose Franktown Elementary, I chose Mountain View Elementary). I spent three years teaching at Mountain View Elementary and moved to Cherokee Trail Elementary when it opened in 1989. When Frontier Valley opened, I was part of its core planning team and have been teaching here since that time.
It is a pleasure to spend each day learning with and from children. I can’t imagine a better calling than being a teacher. As I begin this year, I look forward to spending time each day watching another group of students grow and learn… together.
I love having other educators visit our classroom. I am a lab classroom host for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition, hosting other teachers throughout the year. I work as a local, national, and international literacy consultant when I am not in the classroom. It’s the best of both worlds, working with both children and adults.
I am the author of Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop published by Stenhouse Publishers of Portland, Maine. The focus of the book is getting to know individuals within the context of their own reading. I also have two DVDs. One is called What are You Thinking? and features students and I conferring during Reader’s Workshop. The other DVD is called Fact Finders! Shared Nonfiction Think Aloud and features students learning how to determine importance in text. I also coauthored a book called Put Thinking to the Test with three colleagues (also published by Stenhouse).
My wife, Susan, and I have four children. Our oldest son, Graham, received his M.A. in Civil Engineering (his undergraduate degree is in Architectural Engineering) from the University of Colorado and works as a Civil Engineer. Our daughter, Anneke, graduated from the University of Colorado, majoring in applied physiology; she is married to Eli and they have a wonderful son named Ryker. Our second son, Jensen, completed attended the University of Colorado and works as a contractor. Our youngest daughter, Lauryn, graduated from high school and will attend Colorado State University next year. All four kids are all well-rounded, academically successful learners… peppered with the ability to have fun, stretch themselves, and enjoy life! As I watch them interact with others, I see a sense of play and love emerge that makes me so proud to be their dad. My wife teaches second grade in Cherry Creek Schools.
We also have a Newfoundland named Timber who entertains us with her “Newfie” personality. In my spare time, I love reading and collecting children’s books, writing, and spending time with my friends and family!