Learn from the mistakes of others, you don't have time to make them all yourself.
- Dr. Don Canfield
Fall of 2017 will be my 27th year as a secondary science teacher and my 18th year at W-SR. Before returning to Waverly, I taught in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1991-1999. I have taught: General Science, Biology, Biology 2, AP Biology, Environmental Science, Science Issues, Human Anatomy and Chemistry. I also taught Environmental Science online for two years through the University of Phoenix.
I am a 1991 Graduate of Wartburg College with a degree in Biology. My Masters degree was finished in December of 2008 through the University of Wisconsin - Stout. UW Stout's program is entirely online and has influenced my teaching profoundly! My Masters research investigated the affect of Blended Learning on the achievement and attitudes of high school biology atudents. In addition, I have done graduate work at the University of Iowa, Drake, and UNI. In 2014, I earned a Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching from UW Stout.
At W-SR, I keep several fish tanks in my classroom. In addition to classroom duties, I was chosen as a lead teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. I have participated in WSR's Technology committee, K-12 Science Curriculum Commitee, Rocky Mountain Alpine Studies trip, and I was a four year member of our schools Reading in the Content area team. As a trained IOWATER volunteer, I enjoy working with our high school's stream monitoring efforts. I was also a three year member of our district's E2T2 team which focused on bringing transformative technology uses to our faculty.
Most recently, I have been focused on Blended Learning. I have traveled Iowa showing others how to teach with a Blended format I have worked with other educators at iPadU in Cedar Rapids, the local 1:1 Conference in Cedar Falls, and the Iowa 1:1 Conference in Des Moines. In addition, I have been honored to present at the ITEC Conference in Des Moines in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
I am originally from Mason City, Iowa. My wife Beth (Wartburg College class of 1990) is a math teacher at Tripoli High School. We have one daughter, Anna (Wartburg College class of 2020). Our family is completed with Max the black lab and Flizzy the Yorkshire Terrier.