I am a teacher, blogger, author, traveler and an all around believer in good. I was a classroom teacher for six years a K-5 Computer Science ninja for two. I am the co-founder of CATAPULT and currently head up Teacher Activation for Creatubbles.  

I am an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2015), a $10,000 recipient from Code.org, a founding board member of The Bay and try to be an overall good neighbor. I have traveled the world, met beautiful people, and know we are far more alike than we are different.

I am married to a talented and gorgeous lady who has made everything about life better. Especially breakfast. I like my job. I like to bike. I like to make music.

I hold masters degrees in Educational Leadership and in Historical Studies, and a bachelor's in Education & Human Sciences. Yet, I'm keen enough to know that deeds and actions trump a resumé any day.

I make an effort to write about the things I care about. I believe in questioning everything (especially myself). I believe in beauty, humanity and sometimes even science. I believe that things are getting better and that good ideas, will ultimately win out.

 

Here's a little taste of what it looks in my K-5 Computer Science classroom. 


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One of the best things about my job is sharing what the kids are making/creating/drummin' up-ing. 

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“We can best help children learn, not by deciding what we think they should learn and thinking of ingenious ways to teach it to them, but by making the world, as far as we can, accessible to them, paying serious attention to what they do, answering their questions — if they have any — and helping them explore the things they are most interested in.”
— John Holt

Blog posts

Here are a few of my most recent posts

On being named a Class of 2015 Apple Distinguished Educator

Turtle Power, Hour of Code and $10,000

What Kids Are Saying About Minecraft and Learning

An Excerpt from the soon-to-be-published, "Teacher Pioneers: Visions from the edge of the Map"

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Published Works

"Teacher Pioneers: Visions from the edge of the Map" (Chapter Contribution - Fall 2015)

"Minecraft in the Classroom: A How-To and FAQ" (iBook available soon)