Originally form Madisonville, Tennessee, I have lived in Cleveland, Tennessee since I began attending Lee University as an undergraduate student in 2005. Originally studying and graduating with a business administration and accounting degree, my heart lead me to the teaching profession. I think that education is a key way that we can affect positive change on society. Education allows us to explore beyond the constraints we set for ourselves, pushing us to experience new and exciting endeavors. I am proud to be a professional educator, and I enjoy challenging students to be the best versions of themselves every day.
One of my strengths is working with and consulting with educational technology. Today’s students are immersed in a world where technology availability is the norm and information is readily available at their fingertips. For this reason, students expect learning to be interactive, they enjoy self-discovery, and teachers must prepare learners for a job market that has not even been created yet. Students must learn how to solve problems by generating creative solutions, work with peers to accomplish goals, and they must be able to communicate their message using a variety of mediums. However, technology is not a silver bullet—the teacher is still the artist in the classroom crafting lessons that cater to what his or her students individually need. Effective teachers must learn to fuse together content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and technological competency to create dynamic and rich lessons. It’s exciting to be a part of the technology movement in education.
On a personal level, I teach communications and broadcasting at Cleveland Middle School. Students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to participate in these classes as a part of a holistic, student-focused curriculum at CMS. These classes teach desktop publishing, Photoshop, videography, web, and video game design among other skills. In 8th grade, students have the opportunity to serve on the staff of RaiderTV, CMS’s daily news show. RaiderTV is a truly student-produced show, and the intention is to build leadership and communications skills that will be as applicable to the corporate board room as being behind a camera. You can watch live and on-demand episodes at cmsraidertv.com.
Outside of the classroom, I love to travel. My wife, Emily, and I frequently take adventurers to both new and familiar places. Some of my favorite destinations have been Romania, Hawaii, and Austin. I enjoy reading, and Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors. Relaxing with headphones in an Eno in my backyard is a common way I unwind and relax. And of course– I have a knack for technology whether its hardware and software or being creative with a camera. Side projects like these consume a lot of my spare time.
In closing, Steve Jobs once said, “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” This is one of my favorite quotes, and I strive to ensure that all those who know me are certain that I hold up its principle of excellence in both my work as an educator and as a creative freelancer.
Ed.D. Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA: Educational Leadership (In Progress, A.B.D.)
Ed.S. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN: Instructional Leadership (2014)
M.A.T. Lee University, Cleveland, TN: Secondary Education (2010)
B.S. Lee University, Cleveland, TN: Business Administration and Accounting (2009)
School Administrator License
442 – Beginning Administrator PreK-12
Professional Teaching License
440 – Middle Grades Education, 4-8
474 – Business Education, 7-12
475 – Business Technology, 7-12
477 – Engineering, 5-12