Westwood Intermediate and Middle School
Health and Physical Education teacher
What year did you start working in Spring Lake Park Schools?
Why did you choose to join Spring Lake Park Schools?
When I started my career in Spring Lake Park, I saw the opportunity on a website and thought that this would be a great opportunity for me. I always wanted to work in the metro area and knew this would be a perfect fit for me. When I left SLP to try something new at the high school level, I immediately regretted my decision because I didn't realize everything I had left in the decision, and in all honesty, it was that family feel I had in SLP's district. I've never felt more valued than here at SLP.
What's the best part of your day, as an employee of Spring Lake Park Schools?
The best part of my day is the fact that I get to come to work and work with colleagues that I consider my friends. The relationships that I have with my colleagues goes deeper than just surface. I love that I can be myself and share laughs with my fellow co-workers. The students are amazing as well. At this stage of my career, it's really fun to have now been able to have taught siblings within families in our community. It's fun to connect with new and re-connect with families of our students and continue to have a positive impact in the process.
What do you do when you're not at work?
Outside of work, some of my hobbies include playing competitive sports, biking, video games and board games. I travel to prisons to play prison inmates in basketball as a part of a prison outreach program. I also love spending time with my kids. I have a 2 1/2 year-old girl, Rosslyn, and a six-month-old, Paxton, who I spend all of my time with.
How do you personalize learning for students?
I try to connect with and personalize learning for students by finding out the things they are interested in and understanding what is important to them. I also put myself out there and share things about my life that can be applicable to them in making future decisions. I try to make sure that students understand and recognize that I'm more than just a teacher- I'm a father, a competitive athlete, a video game player and a person who has a positive outlook on life. Someone who has a genuine care for their interests.
What makes you #SLPPantherProud?
What makes me #SLPPantherProud is that I have the ability to do something that I love for a living, which is teaching and having the ability to impact students in our community to be the best they can be.