Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
I am excited to start a new year! I am a California native who has lived in many places like Spain, Guam, Iceland, and Seattle. I decided to make Lompoc my home because I really love our schoolhouse that is Manzanita Public Charter School. I am a proud father of two daughters who are now out of the house and chasing their own dreams.
I like to hike, read, grow food, keep chickens, and to run. I love house plants and I can never have too many. My longest and most rewarding hike was the 155 mile Big Seki Loop that is in the Sequoia/Kings National Parks.
I am proud to say that I served in the military for 8 years. I decided to use the G.I. Bill to go back to school because of my drive to continue serving my community in a positive way. After many years working with youth, as a softball coach, I learned that my calling was to teach. In order to make that happen I earned my bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an embedded Multiple Subject Credential from Brandman University.
After teaching in Kindergarten I learned that I love to teach scholars at this age. I love to see scholars learn and grow as they move through the year. I am inspired by the creativity and scientific nature of early childhood. Teaching scholars to read and write is a fascinating and rewarding process. Hands-on group activities and science experiments create awe and fascination for both teacher and scholar. We learn to work hard and have fun.
I am looking forward to starting each school year at Manzanita Public Charter School. Each year, my colleagues and I strive to find new ways to reach scholars where they need us the most. We are in a good place.