Into my 14th school year now I have been most fortunate to have the types of experiences that I have. I received my training in Social Studies Secondary Education from St. Cloud State University before beginning a career that has taken me to public and private schools in China, Minnesota, and now Omaha, Nebraska. Continuing my development as an instructor I completed a Masters degree in geography with a specialization in geographic education at the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2019. Presently, I am working on completing coursework as a Ph.D. student in Geography (again with a geography education emphasis) at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
An avid traveler, I have been fortunate to have participated in personal and private experiences that have taken me to over 30 countries on 6 continents. I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with many amazing educators as a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms, Goethe Institute Trans-Atlantic Outreach Program Fellow, and as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.
Beyond teaching I enjoy spending time with my wife Jill, traveling abroad and around the United States, photography, and staying active playing hockey and hiking.
Through practice and research I am working to better understand the skills and content knowledge needed to deliver highly effective instruction in geography. Building upon the work completed during my Masters thesis, I want to look at what types of commitments in terms of pre-service education, professional development, and time are necessary to develop instructors who are confident in their content knowledge and pedagogy. I believe geographic knowledge is crucial for the development of students and teachers at all levels should be given the support they need to provide students with high quality instruction.
"Every Student, An Explorer"
Adjunct Instructor - University of Nebraska Omaha
Author/Publisher - Geopolaris Education Publications
Dual Enrollment Coordinator - University of Nebraska Omaha
Geographic Education Consultant - Geography for Geographers
Ph.D. Student - University of Nebraska Lincoln
Social Studies Teacher - Omaha Public Schools
American Association of Geographers - Geomentor
- AP GIS&T
- AP Human Geography
- Biogeography >
- Ecological Biogeography >
- GEOG 1020 - Human Geography
- GEOG 1030 - Physical Geography
- GEOG 4100/8106 - Biogeography
- GEOG 8040 - Seminar in Geography Education
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Global Studies >
- Human Geography (Rubenstein)
- Human Geography (Tredinnick)
- International Relations: World Environmentalism Focus >
- World Geography
- History Courses
- Political Science Courses
- Elective Courses