This year I will serve as the math instructional coach for CMHS, as well as provide small group math intervention and teach AP Calculus. My classroom is located in A-205. I have taught at Crete Monee High School since 1998, and I have had the privilege of teaching every class we offer in Mathematics in addition to spending one year teaching Physics.
I coach the Math Team and the Scholastic Bowl team. I have also coached football, baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and wrestling. I really enjoy working with high school students and athletes who want to go above and beyond the daily grind in order to find success that they have only dreamed about. Our academic teams have led many students to find success beyond their dreams and we bring home state place winners every year. The students on our teams annually attend the very best colleges around the country or get full scholarships to universities closer to home.
I have been married for 20 years to my wife Amy and we have 3 children. Their names are Elizabeth, who is 14, Luke, who is 11, and Caroline who will soon be turning 6. Caroline has ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and being with her all summer was the highlight of the summer for me. Her daily challenges to complete tasks which most of us take for granted inspire me to continually increase my expertise with how children learn and that they need all the encouragement they can get. My family also inspires me daily to help others and to bring to them the same joy and fulfillment that I feel when I hear about their school days when I get home.
My approach to life can be summed up by my oldest daughter: “Eyes on the prize.” Since she was 2 she could point her fingers at her eyes to show me she knew what she was supposed to do. Sometimes we all need help to remember what our focus should be and not let distractions get in our way.
In my classes students will…
• Be challenged to find satisfaction and success only in being perfect
• Learn from their mistakes in order to become perfect
• Work within a classroom environment which rewards perfection
• Be challenged to question the way they think, and find a more perfect way
• Realize perfection is not attainable, but to try anyway
Information about my courses:
• We learn and practice new material daily. Please ask your student about their day, it is rare to hear them say it was boring!
• I ask students to think, and to challenge the way they think in order to come up with higher level conclusions. Encourage them at home to do the same, even try learning problem solving games with them like Sudoku!
• Students will move from a teacher-centered class to student-centered class as the year goes on. Are they ready for the responsibility of being in charge of their education?
• Some problems can be solved with algorithms, which are step-by-step processes which do the problem. Other problems can only be done by processing many different types of information and synthesizing that information into usable knowledge and application. Is your child better at following a recipe, or modifying it to fit their needs? Encourage both, as they will need both in order to be successful in the long run.
• When the class gets tough, your child will need inspiration to get them going again. What is their inspiration? What are their goals? Encourage your child to write down their motivation and how they are going to evaluate if they are making sufficient progress towards their goals.
Get ready for a fun and challenging year!