Hello! I am a mathematics teacher at EFHS. As the grandson of a dairy farmer, and the son of a nurse and sixth grade teacher, I am proud to have the opportunity to serve one of Vermont's most beautiful rural communities.
I grew up in West Rutland, Vermont and later attended Saint Mary's College of Maryland, where I received a B.A. in Mathematics in 2001. After working for several years in various roles in public education and workplace training, I enrolled in Vermont Law School and received a Juris Doctor in 2012. I worked as a prosecutor in Barre for eighteen months before deciding to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a high school teacher. I graduated from the Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Champlain College in the spring of 2015, and am thrilled to be beginning my career as a math teacher.
From a young age my parents emphasized the importance of education, and provided me the support I needed to succeed. As a result, I have had the opportunity to pursue my education in a variety of fields and contexts. And that education, in turn, has provided me the ability to pursue my ambitions. I am a firm believer that aside from a loving family, a quality education is the most important asset one can possess. My fundamental objective as a teacher is to help each of my students obtain an education that will allow them to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.
I believe that the study of mathematics is vital to that pursuit. Learning and practicing math is not about memorizing rules and steps to solve arcane problems with no practical application. Math is about training your brain to be simultaneously logically rigorous and wonderfully creative. How cool is that?! In math we learn how to solve problems using prior knowledge and the rules of logic, such that we can be certain of the truth of our answers. That's the logically rigorous part. But we also have to do things like make good guesses about things we don't yet know, draw connections between seemingly unconnected ideas, and attack problems in different and sometimes new ways. That's the creative part. Studying math turns us into people who can think outside the box to efficiently solve problems and then be confident in our solution. THAT is a useful skill indeed!
This year I am teaching Geometry, and Financial Literacy. Links to the syllabus for each course are below. ***PLEASE NOTE*** that I have a separate syllabus for 9th graders than for 10th-12th graders. This is due to the fact that this year's 9th graders are graduating under different graduation and assessment requirements. The syllabi below are labeled accordingly. I encourage families to email me any questions they have about their child's course.
When I'm not busy trying to plan interesting lessons, I enjoy riding my Harley, jogging, cross country skiing, eating delicious things like donuts and cake as a reward for the jogging and skiing, and reading all manner of non-fiction.