Upper School Director & College Counselor, Upper School Math
Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri
Master of Science, University of Kentucky
5 Years at EA
How would you summarize your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy remains the same as it was when I joined the EA community - a necessary key to successful teaching and learning is cultivating relationships. Students learn best when they feel accepted in the classroom, and this happens when they know they have an ally in the teachers who know them not only as students in their subject areas but holistically as young adults.
How does an Elgin Academy education prepare students for college?
In addition to being prepared with a solid academic foundation, EA students gain life and student skills that allow them to thrive in college environments. Perhaps the most important traits that students master are the ability to self-assess honestly and the confidence to advocate for themselves when learning with professors and peers.
What makes an Elgin Academy education so special?
As our tagline states, we truly do take learning personally. I love that our Promise Statement was not formed from a desire of who we wish we were. Instead, it is an accurate reflection of who we are and will continue to be, and it is the best summation of what makes an EA education so special. I enjoy seeing proof of that on a daily basis not only during the school day but also in my own home as the father of two EA Middle School students.
What do enjoy most about teaching at Elgin Academy?
There is a palpable sense of joy at Elgin Academy. I relish being in an environment where there is an easy, respectful give-and-take between students and adults. Everyone is here with a purpose of learning and striving to become better versions of ourselves, and we have a lot of fun while doing so.
What is one piece of advice you would give students when they apply to college?
For perhaps the first time in your life, you have the ability to design what the next 4+ years of your experiences will be like. Take charge of your own process, drawing upon insights from your parents, college counselors, and teachers, and be open to learning more about yourself along the way. There is a strong chance that you will end up somewhere you never imagined, and yet it will be the best place for you.