I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit about myself.
I am interested in teaching, music (I play guitar, bass, trumpet, recorder, and some piano), computers, bread baking, long-distance cycling (I’ve ridden my bike from Seattle to Portland a couple of times) and genealogy. I’m a native Oregonian who grew up in the small southern Oregon town of Gold Beach, at the mouth of the Rogue River. My parents and grandparents were both born and raised there, too. I was an exchange student in Sweden for a year and at one time I could speak reasonably good Swedish.
I have taught 6th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st grade classrooms and K-5 Music. While working with 1st graders, I also taught Reading Recovery, an early intervention reading program. I started at Lane when it was a K-6 and was at Woodmere School for most of my teaching career. This is my third year at Lewis and I think it’s a great place for learning.
I attended Oregon State University (Go Beavers!) and Portland State (Go Vikings!), where I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I received my Master’s Degree from Lesley University (Go Lynxes!) in Technology in Education in 2005.
My wife worked at the Oregonian newspaper for many years as a writer and editor and is now taking classes in horticulture at Clackamas Community College. We have a 28-year old son who owns a carpentry business in Portland, and a 23-year old daughter who works at a preschool and is attending Portland State University majoring in education. We live just over Mt. Scott in Happy Valley.
I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, through the school office number at 503 916-6360 or by leaving a message during the school day at 503 916-3500 x70924.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with your child.
Just for fun, see if you can spot me in my 4th-grade class picture. (Hint: I had more hair back then.)