I joined the College of Education the summer of 2010, after serving as an adjunct professor for the College since 2005. Prior to that, I worked for ten years in the private and public school systems in Oregon, working for 3 years at Jesuit High School and 7 years at Gresham High School. While there I taught classes at all levels (including International Baccalaureate) in Theology, Social Justice, Social Studies, Language Arts and Speech. I also chaired the Social Studies Department and Site Council at Gresham High School. I did my undergraduate studies in History, Writing and Asian Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and then completed my Master of Arts in Teaching at George Fox in Newberg, Oregon. I'm presently completing a Master of Arts in History at Portland State, after which I will begin doctoral training.
My present research interests are History Education, Educational Technology, and School Reform. I currently serve as President of the statewide Council of Social Studies teachers (2011-2013), and believe that providing students excellent instruction in History and Social Studies not only makes our youth stronger citizens, but better human beings. My work in History Education is on finding ways to help secondary students engage in critical discourse on civic issues, and to this end I believe that technological integration is critical. My methods class is designed to help prospective teachers with a wide range of backgrounds understand the most effective ways to reach students in the Social Studies. To that end, we focus on local history, engage in professional development conferences and work with partner institutions like Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the Oregon Historical Society and the World Affairs Council of Oregon. I am presently working to make Concordia the Oregon base for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program.
My wife and I are both teachers, and care deeply about the future of the education profession. I teach from that perspective -- that important work needs to be done by teaching professionals inside and outside the classroom, and I will expect my students to excel in both arenas. The profession of teaching has come under repeated attacks in recent years, and the best way to respond to those attacks is to raise the bar for the profession even higher than where it is at present.