I live in Chaska, Minnesota where I’ve lived most of my life with my parents, my brother Reid, and our chocolate lab Kirby. I attended Chaska High School where I played Football and Basketball all four years and then went on to attend Minnesota State University Mankato where I studied Secondary Social Studies Education and History. Outside of school I like to keep active by hiking and playing sports (football, basketball), listening to music, playing video games, watching movies, reading books, collecting vinyl records and spending time with friends and family.
What do you like most about BA?
I just like being apart of something new and exciting, especially with the move to Winter Park I’m honored to be apart of this new chapter and experiment with Breakaway. Also, I love the fact that Breakaway Academy not only offers students the ability to get an incredible education in not only content areas (Social Studies, Math, English, etc) but also top notch education in what it means to be an athlete and how to become a better person on and off the ice. Being a former long time athlete myself, the marriage between academic and life skill education is wonderful.
Why did you get into education?
I got into education for a couple of reasons. The first being my love for social studies in general, History and Geography have always been some of my favorite subjects in school so I wanted to get into Social Studies education so I can teach about things I love and am passionate about while also making it fun and relatable for my students. The second reason, and the most important reason is because I love making connections with students and helping them learn and gain an appreciation for Social Studies to see how the past effects the present in hopes of making a better future for my students through a better understanding of where we’ve come from and the world we live in.
What teacher that you had made a big impact on your life and why?
A teacher I’ve had that made the greatest impact on me was Mr. Welter. He is a Social Studies teacher at Chaska High School whom I had for AP Human Geography and Psychology. Although I only had him for a couple of classes, he left such an impression on me and ultimately was one of my greatest inspirations in becoming a teacher. His laid back attitude coupled with his ability to connect and work with students along with being able to make the content fun and engaging were some huge influences in creating my own teaching pedagogy and modeling myself after his teaching style.
What is your best advice for students at BA?
Have a growth mindset; this entire school year is going to be something new for all of us, not only for the students who are moving grades and buildings but also for myself in my first year of full-time teaching. Especially during this COVID crisis, take it a day at a time and we will learn together how to make the best of our current situation to ensure that all students are receiving the best possible instruction and learning while remaining safe in our new surroundings. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, to not know something, or to be wrong… the only way you will learn is by asking for help and learning from your own mistakes!
What are your credentials and teaching experience?
This will be my first year full-time teaching and controlling my own classroom. I graduated this spring from Minnesota State University-Mankato with Bachelors Degrees in both Secondary Social Studies Education and History; both with Magna Cumme Laude Honors. Prior to graduating I completed my student teaching at Mankato East High School from January to May teaching 9th Grade World History and 12th grade Sociology with a mix of in class and online learning so I have experience planning and teaching in both settings. Prior to my student teaching I have field experience teaching at Prairie Winds Middle School in Mankato and Waseca High School. During my college experience I made the Dean’s List at MSU every semester I was on campus and was the Vice President of the campus History Club.