PE Teacher, Athletic Director
Bachelor of Science: Cedarville University, Ohio
Master of Science: K-12 Physical Ed, Health & Athletic Administration, Summit University, Pennsylvania
Certifications: WA State Teaching Certificate; Lifetime ACSI Professional Certification
Joined ECS: 2019
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.” Psalm 115:1
I am thankful to all for the wonderful start to my time here at ECS. Everyone has been an encouragement to me every day during my transition here from the south. I have felt at home in this community from day one.
Originally from the State of New York, I have served the Lord in the states of Michigan, New York, Georgia, Virginia, and now back to Washington for my second tour of duty.
My career experiences include classroom teaching, curriculum development, coaching, and athletic program administration. Each experience has presented me with opportunities to expand the scope of my knowledge and sharpen my skills as an instructor. I have helped design a PE program with learning experiences that are highly engaging and focused on progressively building lifetime fitness, sport skills, and Biblical character attributes for every ability and age level from K-12. Middle school is an ideal time to support students in their physical and athletic development, as their individual interests, strengths, and desires emerge. As an outcome, they should be prepared to develop the lifetime fitness habits and goals necessary to construct an individual fitness program by the conclusion of their senior year in high school. Whether students wish to continue participating in sports and athletics at the secondary school level, or simply possess the basic desire to be fit and healthy, I strive to create a coaching relationship with all my students that will provide the challenges for growth through trust and safety. It is my desire that my students leave my classroom excited and prepared to take on the responsibility for their own lifelong physical fitness, and I draw on my work with experiential education, curriculum development, coaching, and leadership training to promote these outcomes. In conclusion, I believe physical education programs also correlate positively with a student’s overall academic achievement and play an important role in their character development through biblical integration in the classroom and in their athletic endeavors.
Two of my favorite sayings related to Christian School education are:
“God strikes straight blows with crooked sticks.” – Old Gaelic saying
“Changed lives, changing lives.” – Dr. Ruth Haycock