What is your educational background?
I went to Northern Arizona University and graduated with a bachelor’s in education and physical science. I went on to receive a master’s in education.
At which Payson school do you teach?
I teach at Rim Country Middle School. I teach both seventh and eighth grade.
Why do you teach?
I teach because I can make a difference through teaching and I enjoy it.
Personal motto/words of wisdom?
“Excellence is incremental.”
What’s your family like?
My wife Michele and I have been married for 11 years. We have a son, named Joseph, who will be 3 in October. My dad is a retired ASU professor who taught mechanical engineering and robotics. My mom is a research professor at ASU in microbiology and entomology.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who have a lot to offer and don’t do anything with it. I see this a lot and it really bothers me.
What’s your favorite holiday or leisure activity?
I love backpacking and mountain biking.
Why did you choose Payson to teach?
This was the first teaching job I was offered after graduating from college. When my wife and I came to visit, we thought it seemed like a really nice community to live in with its small town and beautiful scenery. It’s the only teaching job I’ve ever had.
Growing up, who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher was my high school chemistry teacher Mr. Tayson. He did interesting things you probably wouldn’t be able to get away with now, such as exploding a volcano with chemicals on parent night and filling soap bubbles with gases to have kids explode them with a bit of fire.
I had his dad in fifth grade. He told me my desk was messy and turned it upside down so everything spilled out. We found a bagel so old it had different shades of mold on it.
What was your favorite subject in school and why?
I liked my science classes, but really enjoyed my music and choir classes.