After much thought, I decided to sell my company and return to school to earn a degree as an educator. I picked up my books and started back to school at Glendale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College. By 1997, I had completed an Associates of Fine Arts Degree. I was accepted to Arizona State University West and graduated Suma Cum Laude from the College of Education in May of 1999. My area of specialization was Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in Fine Arts.
In the spring of 2001, I decided the time had come to organize my approach to professional improvement. I was accepted into the Masters in Education Degree Program with an emphasis in Educational Technology at ASU West. By the Spring of 2004, I had completed the Masters Program and graduated.
After 9 years great years of teaching at Villa de Paz Elementary I moved to Garden Lakes Elementary School in 2008, still in the Pendergast School District.
I feel very lucky to work at such an AWESOME place. From the very first day I walked on the campus, I noticed there was something very special there. I have since realized it is because of the high level of parent involvement, a great teaching staff, and an amazing administration.
The Present It's going to be an Amazing year! The 20/21 year will be my twenty first year of teaching in the Pendergast School District. To date, the best decision I have ever made was to become an teacher. I enjoy that each day, I have an opportunity to impact the life of another person in a positive way.
Just last year, I had a past student who I had taught as a first grader send me a Facebook Friend request. He is now 23 years old. He wanted to let me know he was about to graduate from collage as an educator. He said: "I have always remembered being in your class. You always made learning fun and I always felt safe and secure in your class." He told me I played a role in his decision to become a teacher."
I have been asked many time why I became a teacher
My answer has always been, " To have positive purpose in my life.
Some of my Favorite things:
Favorite Childrens Author: Dr. Seuss
Favorite Adult Text Author: Scott Peck
Favorite Food: Any type of pasta, Mexican food, and Pizza
Favorite Activity / Sport: Triathlon
Favorite Girl: My beautiful wife Mimi