About Me

I am a father of three girls: Kate-Austen, Emerson, and Hadley (all named for literary reasons). My wife Jess and I have been married since 2010, and we share a passion for ideas, reading, and parenting. I have taught in boarding schools since 2006, with a brief intermission for my master's program. For the last eight years, I worked at Christ School in Arden, NC, on the outskirts of the Pisgah National Forest. In 2018, I accepted a position at Park Tudor School (Indianapolis) as its next Director of Curriculum and Instruction. We are now Hoosiers and live in Irvington.

Experience

Teacher

Though I serve as an administrator now, I still get to teach one section of sophomore English. In the past, I have taught AP Language and Composition, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, and American Novel. Hemingway and Fitzgerald, 20th-Century Americana, Introduction to Genres, and Writing Essentials. 

Department Chair

Before arriving to Park Tudor School, I had the pleasure of chairing the English Department at Christ School. I value the culture we developed: supportive, honest, and open. Though I will miss these colleagues and friends, I look forward to being part of a similar culture at Park Tudor School. 

Outdoor Program

Rock climbing has been a passion of mine since 2002. At Christ School, I led the rock-climbing program. Indianapolis doesn't offer too many options in the way of rock climbing, but I do plan to check out the climbing gyms in the area. My AMGA Single-Pitch-Instructor certification is still active.

Coach

From 2011-2016, I served as the Associate Head Football Coach for Christ School. As a Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach, I helped lead Christ School to a 54-15 record, earning State Runners-Up in 2012, 2015, and 2016. 

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Academic Interests

Neuroscience for Teachers

Neuroscience informs my curriculum and pedagogy. As teachers, it is our responsibility to understand how our students' brains learn best. I draw heavily from two books: Neuroteach by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher and Small Teaching by James Lang.

Thinking about Teaching

It's an exciting time to be a teacher. I am inspired by books like Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith's Most Likely to Succeed and the work of visionaries like George Couros and A.J. Juliani, who have endless ideas for improving student learning and engagement. 

Classroom Design

I continue to discover new ways of arranging my classroom to improve student engagement and learning. Edutopia is a great resource for ideas. 

All Things Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Wolfe

I am obsessed by the juggernauts of the 1920s. The book that started it all was Matthew Bruccoli's Fitzgerald and Hemingway: A Dangerous Friendship, and it is my everlasting disappointment that I didn't take Bruccoli's course when I attended the University of South Carolina.

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