ABOUT

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Educator by trade, generalist by practice, I’m a 18-year veteran English teacher and improv coach at Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington, Maine.  As a part-time education consultant, I offer customized professional development experiences in design thinking, project based learning, technology integration, standards-based education, curriculum design, critical creativity, and improvisation around the country and beyond.  Co-founder of education blog and consultancy, Wicked DecentLearning, I can be followed on Twitter, Instagram and Medium@wickeddecent.  My improvisational skills can be seen on display with Teachers Lounge Mafia Improv.  An adjunct instructor at the University of Maine at Farmington, I’ve taught courses in content literacy, English teaching methods, digital storytelling, and graphic novels as literature amongst others. In the recent past, I served as a Teacher Coach for IDEO’s Teachers Guild, design coached participants for Field Guide at Gould, and mentored attendees at SXSWedu.

Connected colleague building networks, I’m one of the founders of EdCamp Western Maine, and part of the organizing teams for both the #EdChatMe (Maine educators) and #DTK12Chat (design thinking in education) Twitter communities.   I’m also an ambassador for Real World Scholars and their EdCorps student entrepreneur program, as well as video-based discussion tool FlipGrid.

Proud citizen of the western Maine foothills and Bangor native, I’m husband to a ridiculously intelligent and exceptionally attractive school librarian, and dad to two ridiculously intelligent and exceptionally hilarious kids.

Appreciator of vintage and retro ephemera, I’m an epic league comic book, movie, sports, music, comedy, design, history, technology, clothing and pop culture nerd, as well as proud member of Star Wars in the Classroom’s Rogues.

Also, I drink diet soda instead of coffee.  My dentist frowns upon this.

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