6th/8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Bio

I currently reside in Richfield, MN, with my Family. I have a wife of 25 years this year, Brita, and son Toby who will graduate next year from Holy Angels. Last, the beast! Sammy the dog, the house mascot and staple. As far as me, I love to Golf, smoking meats on my pellet grill, cooking, spending time in Northern MN & Lake Superior. I am the Head Coach of a local High School Hockey team. I love working with kids and helping them navigate not just school, sports but life. I am proud of where I am and where I have come from on my own journey through life.

What do you like most about BA?
I love how free it feels, as an educator, to have the ability to create make learning fun and build relationships with the kids that will support their growth. I love the philosophy of having a school where kids can follow passions where we as teachers support & assist with that. I am excited to join a great school, organization, and team.

Why did you get into education?
To make a difference and pay it forward. Long ago, many people took the time to work with me, look out for me, and make sure I was watched over as I learned. As an adult, I felt a calling to do the same, to help kids who might be closer to me when I was a student navigate through an ever-changing world.

Which coach or teacher had the biggest impact on your life and why?
I would have to say that almost everyone I have had the opportunity to meet in Education & Coaching. From my youth coaches and teachers, they have all had a hand in what I love to do for a living. I do not look at one specific person and say that is the one. I look at all of them who helped me along the way. I tried to take bits and pieces of them that helped mold me into the teacher I am today.

What is your best advice for students at BA?
No one but YOU can take you where YOU want to go! While we strive for perfection, we know the only perfection that can be fully realized is Perfect Effort!

What are your credentials and teaching experience?
Education:
B.S. Degree from Bemidji State University, MN with K-6 Education Degree
AA in Liberal Arts from Normandale C.C. Bloomington, MN.

Experience:
Teacher BA 2021- Social Studies.
Bloomington Public schools 2020-2021 Elementary
Richfield Schools Feb 2020-June 2020
Edina schools from 2008-2019 Para-Professional, Math tutor, Internal Math Coach