"Every Student, An Explorer"
This will be my sixth year teaching at Zoo Academy and my fourteenth year teaching overall, but I'm excited for a great year! Growing up in the woods of Minnesota always inspired a sense of adventure and discovery. This has developed into a permanent case of wanderlust that is not easy to satiate. This is what led me to move to China for a couple years to teach Social Studies, which opened me up to the possibilities of travel which I have not turned back from since! This personal drive for exploration and discovery drives my teaching philosophy of getting my students to look beyond their personal "bubbles." I want students to think big, go on adventure, drive themselves to learn new things, and try to help make the world a better place. It is for that reason that I became a social studies teacher. Through my teaching I hope to reveal to my students the world that exists outside their personal experiences in time and place. Through incorporating technology, personal expertise, and outside professionals I hope to open students up to the opportunities that the world has to offer. With the overarching goal that I contribute to the development of lifelong learners for are good at thinking critically about the events that impact them, and that are driven to create positive change in their communities, states, and at a global level.
My first emphasis was history, but am now a fully converted (reformed?) geographer. I have recently completed a Masters in Human Geography at the University of Nebraska Omaha, and am working on a certificate in GIS. On the side I also run a geography education consulting business, and have published a high school level human geography textbook that is now used in districts around the country.
Outside of school my interests are: playing Hockey, skiing, exploring/traveling, photography, reading, camping, kayaking, and watching sports (Especially Gophers Hockey!!)
Social Studies Teacher - Omaha Public Schools
Dual Enrollment Coordinator - University of Nebraska Omaha
Geographic Education Consultant - Geography for Geographers
Author/Publisher - Geopolaris Education Publications
American Association of Geographers - Geomentor