It is my second year at Cumberland MS as the Resource Teacher in our Learning Lab. I am entering my 5th year of teaching, but my first year of teaching the same subject two years in a row. I am excited to build on my experiences from last year in order to make improvements in the classroom so that students have a better atmosphere to build their knowledge and skills. I love working with children, and want to see each child grow as a person and grow academically.
My first year of teaching was done overseas, in Thailand. I taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grades to speak English. I loved the experience, even though I had very little classroom training. I came back to Texas and began working on my teacher certification in Special Education through ECAP (Education Career Alternative Program) in Fort Worth. I got my first teaching job in Texas as an Inclusion teacher at an Alternative school in Odessa, TX. I taught as an Inclusion teacher for one year, got certified to teach any core subject for 4th - 8th grade over the summer, and taught middle school math the next year. At the end of my second year in Odessa, my wife and I decided to move to East Texas to be closer to my family. I did not plan on going back in to teaching, but Someone seemed to have different ideas in mind. As a result, in October of last year, I started at Cumberland MS.
I grew up in East Texas in between White Oak and Longview. I graduated from White Oak HS and went to college at Dallas Baptist University. I was part of the Track and Cross Country team and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a Minor in Mathematics. Shortly after graduation, I got married to my wife of five years. We have two young children who add lots of joy, learning opportunities, and challenges to our lives. We currently live in central Tyler and are involved in Soma Church in Tyler, TX.