Teacher Certification - Cohort 18

How long have you wanted to be a teacher?
Teaching has appealed to me as a career option since I was a sophomore in high school.  I was teaching martial arts and doing in-class tutoring even way back then!  I didn’t get serious about getting my certification until after I got my masters and had kids.

What do you think will be your favorite subject to teach?
I love teaching about the natural world!  I am really interested in how we can integrate science curriculum into other subjects like art, reading, and math.

How do you think you’ll feel the first time you step in front of a class?
The first time I step in front of my own class will be a mildly scary but exhilarating experience.  I’m looking forward to it!

What will you bring to your classroom from your life experiences?
I think my experience in the Navy and traveling overseas has really exposed me to a lot of diverse populations and experiences.  I think that is the most important thing I bring to the classroom.  The Navy also taught me the value of sheer tenacious optimism.

What do you think your students will like best about you?
I think my classes as a whole will like my sense of humor, but I think individual students will most appreciate that I am a great listener.

Were you surprised to get into the K-8 Teacher Certification Program at UW Bothell?
I felt pretty confident when I applied, but I was definitely happy to be accepted, especially when I saw the quality of the applicants I was up against during the interview process.

What was your background coming into the program?
I have held a variety of jobs, but most of my civilian background is in restaurant jobs, from bus boy all the way to shift supervisor.  I served for nearly 5 years in the US Navy and that is a very important part of my background.  I served on a carrier (a very large ship) and traveled all over the pacific.  I had a great career in the Navy but I left that behind because fatherhood was so important to me.

Where did you go to elementary school?
Cottage Lake Elementary School in Woodinville, WA.  I like to say I am a product of the Northshore School District.

What does the  word “cohort” mean to you?
It means having a team of classmates and friends who know exactly what you are going through and are always there to help you out.  It also gives you a ready-made group of people to discuss your academic and professional struggles and successes.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about a faculty member?
The most interesting thing I’ve learned is that Dr. Naranjo is an avid whitewater kayaker.  I’ve been out in the areas he goes and I think it’s great to have an instructor that is not afraid to get pushed around a bit by Mother Nature.

First word that comes to mind when you hear “technology?”
Leveraging Twitter, Youtube, and other media to make learning as accessible and interesting as possible to all students.

Where would you most like to take a class of students outside of school?
To the Burke Museum of Natural History.  If I had my way I would put chaperones at all the exits and just let the kids go wherever they wanted with their own cameras so they could take tons of pictures of whatever they were interested in.