School Chaplain & High School Bible Teacher
Education History & Credentials
BS in Kinesiology, Education and Christian Education from Wheaton College
Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and your teaching history:
I grew up as a student at Grace and came back to teach after college. Other than a short stint with the Anchorage Police Department I have spent my career teaching here at Grace. My wife and I have four children, three of which are students here at Grace Christian.
What year did you start at Grace Christian School?
1986 as a student and 2001 as a teacher
Why do you choose to teach at Grace Christian School?
Grace made a huge impact on my life as a student and I wanted to have the opportunity to help make the same kind of impact on other students lives.
Tell us about a meaningful moment with a student:
There have been many meaningful moments with students. Many have come through coaching. You get to see students at some of their highest and lowest points, and being there to encourage them to grow, not just as athletes, but as Christian men and women has been incredible.
Tell us about a time when you have been able to witness the integrity driven culture here at GCS:
I am continually impressed when students are the ones encouraging others to do what is right. There are a lot of things that make it difficult for students to continually demonstrate integrity, but when I see students taking the lead on prompting others to follow the Lord’s desires I know that the culture of integrity here is making a real impact.
What is your favorite unit/topic/project to teach and why?
I love to teach my Senior Bible class, and I enjoy pretty much every unit. I really just enjoy dealing with any issue that is really on students minds. The questions and issues that are on their minds are always the most fun to teach.
What do you hope students have learned from being a part of your classroom?
If there is anything that I hope students walk away from my classes with it is a passion for the Word of God. Scripture provides the answers to every big issue they are going face in their lives, and I hope they trust the Lord and look to his revealed Word for answers.
How do you motivate your students to become active learners in your classroom?
The primary way I try to keep students active in class is to have discussions based around their questions. I am known for “rabbit trails,” but I think it is important to relate the content that we are dealing with to the questions that the students are wrestling with.
Favorite Food: Pizza or Steak
Favorite Hot/Cold Beverage: Dr. Pepper
Favorite Restaurant: Sorrento’s
Favorite Fast Food: Arctic Roadrunner
Hobbies/Collections: Fly Fishing
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Stores: Sportsman’s Wharehouse, REI