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.
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.
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.