Master of Arts in Teaching
- As a returning student, I bring to my classroom a diverse set of skills and experiences that allows me to provide a rich and original perspective to my curriculum, and a sense of empathy with my students.
- My previous career allowed me to experience many different cultures, live and work in several countries, and learn another language.
- I am a father of two young boys, one of whom is in the public school system. Each day I approach my classes with an understanding that these are children like mine. I continually ask myself if the approach to teaching I am taking is the approach I would like for my own children.
- Willamette University, BA 2010 (environmental science - natural science emphasis)
- Willamette University, MAT 2012
Teacher Research Topic
Teaching using a democratic consensus approach can be difficult to set up and administer effectively while also addressing standards. My inquiry project included the application of a democratic consensus classroom environment with a reflective approach to the curriculum. My self-examinations on the learning taking place in the classroom focused on the spoken language and the leaning of the students based on the lessons I was providing and on the student discourse (Bahktin, 1981)
- Claggett Creek Middle School, Salem, Oregon
- North Salem High School, Salem, Oregon, 9th grade physical science (space unit)
Student Teaching Supervisor
- Jolene Hinrichsen, Claggett Creek Middle School, Salem, Oregon
- Stephanie Cox, North High School, Salem Oregon
- Loran Sell, Willamette University, email@example.com