The Career & College Readiness Department would like to thank you for your dedication to the teaching profession and your students. Thank you also for taking the time to answer a few questions for us.
What college did you attend? California State University, Northridge
What was your major? Kinesiology
Did you have any field experience before you became a teacher? Yes, I coached high school football for 23 years and had been teaching for 25 years. Coaching is teaching. I was able to develop my teaching style and confidence through coaching, which I was able to transfer to the classroom. From these years of experience, I have learned students want to be a part of a successful program where they can thrive, be creative, and build confidence and self esteem. This is what I want to build into the Medical Science Academy students.
What do you love most about your career? I love being surrounded by students who care enough to improve themselves through hard work and dedication. I have a deep respect for these students.
What classes are you teaching this fall? I teach classes during the day at Valencia HS which consists of Body Systems and Disorder, Sports Medicine, and Honors Athletic Training. After school through the Career College Readiness Program, I teach Advanced Medical Science in Sports Medicine and a senior Sports Medicine Practicum class.
Please describe what a typical day is like in your classroom? A typical day in class is full of fun, excitement, shared knowledge, hands-on activities, and a desire to be a better person through helping others.
What classroom projects are you looking forward to accomplishing most with the students this year? After spending the first part of the semester building the students’ skill set, the best part of the year is watching my students show off their skills and knowledge through their actions.
What was your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory is meeting and marrying my high school sweetheart; we’ve been together ever since.
What advice would you give to a high school or middle school student?
Follow your dreams and never give up. It is easy to give up when things aren’t going your way, but it’s how you deal with that adversity that builds you into a better person.
What did you do for fun this last summer?
This past summer I spent my time at Valencia HS working on improving the Medical Science Academy. My time was well spent, as our students will enjoy the new products and lessons we developed. When I wasn’t at Valencia HS, I was spending time with my family going to the beach and hanging out together.