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I was born and raised in the Washington DC area. I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985 with a degree in Industrial Arts Education. I began teaching in 1986 in southern Virginia. In 1989 I accepted a job in Prince Georges County Maryland teaching just outside of the city of Washington DC. In 1998, I moved to Missoula, Montana. I taught for five years at Sentinel High School and eight years at Hellgate High School. In 2011, I transferred to Big Sky High School! This is my 35th year teaching. I have taught many different subjects in the area of Industrial Trades and Technology. Presently, I teach two foundational courses: Introduction to Technical Design and Applied Technology. I am also teaching two advanced courses: Digital Fabrication and Architectural Design. Other advanced courses I teach every other year or so (but not this year) are Advanced Problems in Engineering, Engineering Design and Development, and Robotics Engineering. In 2002, I received my masters degree from the University of Montana in Educational Leadership.I have two boys, Cyrus and Devin, ages 17 and 22. In my free time I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, camping, fishing, and basically anything outdoors. I also love to travel and try to explore some new place every year with friends and family.
Welcome back, students! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer break. I was fortunate to have a fantastic summer filled with adventure and travel!!
I look forward to meeting everyone and hearing about your summer experiences, hopes and dreams. My classes are very project-based and student-centered. I like to get my students involved in doing projects and activities designed to stimulate learning. Most students really enjoy my classes. I eagerly anticipate meeting all my students and getting to know them in the next few weeks!!