Hey everyone! I'm guessing you are here to learn more about me. SO, let me tell you about myself.
I am a high school computer science educator at Provo High School located in Provo Utah.
I graduated from Utah Valley University with both my undergrad and masters degree. For my graduate studies, I wrote the computer science curriculum for UVU PREP program improving the computer science curriculum for UVU PREP program and working as a liaison for UVU's CREATE Lab, which allows me to provide professional development for teachers and STEM learning opportunities for kids throughout the State of Utah.
Outside of education (both teaching and student life), I am a HUGE Chicago Cubs Fan and watch/listen to the games them whenever I can. While I watch/listen to the Cubs games I like hanging out with family and friends, ride my family’s horses, going golfing, hiking, working in the yard... to be honest I like to do too many things to list here. However, two of the biggest buck list items I have is, to visit every MLB park (4 down, about to be 5) and to hike in every National Park (5 down, too many to go).
I've had a strong interest towards computers since I was in high school, which has led to a passion for them. Because of this passion I have spent the last three years earning endorsements that have allow me to teach computer science and IT related courses. While at SHS I have worked to build a strong computer science/IT culture for all students by showing them that computer science is more than just sitting in front of a computer screen and typing line-after-line of code.
I have strongly developed the belief that computer science in a strong tool that can be used to teach student the skills they need in life. This ideal has been around for a longer then we realize. Dr. Grace Hooper, a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy stated: "Programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge." I understand that not all student will become a computer scientist. However, I truly believe that programming is key foundation to teach student the skill they will need to succeed in the 21st century world.
I truly love my job and how I get to spend my day with the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders, computer scientist, web developers, and marketers.