For the past 11 years, I have consistently found new challenges as an educator that range from numerous subjects to teach such as Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, American history and Civics to developing a charitable high school club with my wife and 150 students. I try my best to use the everyday challenges of teaching to be a good role model for my students as well as my own children. To me, teaching is much more than just the content. It's about teaching young people to learn from both successes and failures. Through FPU, I hope to learn from students and fellow teachers just as much as they can learn from me. My goal is to have collaborative, relevant, and useful courses for teachers to build on the great job many are already doing!
Professional Experience: I have been teaching high school and middle school social studies as well as developing PD and student seminars for the past 11 years in York, PA.
Personal Experience: I have been married to my wonderful wife for 9 years and have 2 energetic and fun boys. I played college baseball for 4 years and had the opportunity to pitch in the College World Series.
Scholarly Interests: Motivation, positivity and coaching, politics and constitutional history
Honors and Awards: FPU Faculty Distinguished Service
Favorite Bible Verse: Corinthians 9:7 ~ "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Favorite Music: Classic Rock, alternative rock (Pearl Jam especially!) 90’s rap and a little country
Favorite Activities: Baseball, basketball, football, beach trips to the Jersey Shore, yard work, being in the woods and anything else outdoors!
Family Info: My wife, Malerie and our sons, Bennett and Carson
What Matters: God and my family foremost. I think positivity and an attitude of life-long learning are crucial to a productive person.
Pet Peeves: Negativity and rudeness
What I Like About FPU: The support and flexibility that is given to students and instructors. We all have busy lives and FPU gives you an opportunity to manage it on a personal level