I wanted to share a little bit of information about me and how I got where I am today. So, here we go!
I grew up in Eugene, Oregon and graduated from North Eugene High School. Once I graduated from high school, I attended Lane Community College to pursue a college education while playing baseball. I did not stay at LCC for long and ended up going to Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon instead. This was a great choice for me and had a tremendous impact on the rest of my life. I attended Chemeketa CC for 2 years before earning a baseball scholarship that would allow me to continue my education at a 4 year university in Fremont, Nebraska called Midland University. I had a great experience at Midland University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree while playing and coaching baseball.
When I graduated from Midland University, I moved to Colorado to coach in a collegiate summer baseball league. This was an experience I will remember forever for two reason: 1) Coaching college baseball players, and 2) The FLY FISHING! Baseball and fly fishing are two of my passions in life and I was able to experience them both at the same time. Once our season was over, I moved back home to Eugene, Oregon to begin my life after college. The first job I got when I moved back home was as a community inclusion specialist where I helped people who experience disabilities have meaningful community access opportunities. This led me to look into other jobs where I would be able to work with people who experience disabilities and help them reach their potential.
I was fortunate enough to acquire a job as an Instructional Assistant in the Life Skills classroom at Junction City High School. Shortly into my first year of working at JCHS, an opportunity for me to become the teacher of the Life Skills program arose. This required me to go back to school and get a maters degree in teaching Special Education. I was eager to meet this requirement in order to be considered a candidate for the job.
In the spring of 2017, I was accepted into the teaching program at Pacific University. Shortly after that, I interviewed for the Life Skills teaching position at JCHS and was offered the job by Junction City School District.
I completed my Masters degree while going through my first year of teaching. It's hard to believe that was 2 years ago and I am now entering my 3rd year as the Life Skills teacher at Junction City High School. I love my job as the Life Skills teacher and the unique challenges it presents on a daily basis.
So there it is. A quick run down of how I got to where I am today. I couldn't have made it where I am today without the help and support of so many people throughout my life, and for that I am forever grateful.
If you have any more questions about me or the Life Skills program at JCHS, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Life Skills Teacher
Junction City High School