Educator by trade, generalist by practice, I’m a 20-year veteran English teacher and improv coach at MT BLUE CAMPUS in Farmington, Maine. Currently, I serve as Education Director of the SUCCESS & INNOVATION CENTER at MT BLUE CAMPUS, an empathy-fueled makerspace + mentoring space for all students and faculty to seek and/or design solutions to whatever problems they may be facing, whether academic, emotional, social, vocational or professional. The #SICMBC pilot is made entirely possible by an action research grant from GEAR UP Maine, investigating ways to provide students with multiple pathways toward their post-secondary goals.
I was recently honored as recipient of 2018 MAINE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION & NEA FOUNDATION’S CALIFORNIA CASUALTY AWARD for TEACHING EXCELLENCE.
And I’m deeply honored to have been selected as one of five 2018 recipients of NEA FOUNDATION’S HORACE MANN AWARD for TEACHING EXCELLENCE.
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 United States and beyond. I also serve as a consultant for the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, working with the Office of English Language Programs to develop open education resources (OERs) and promote innovative teaching strategies around the world.
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 teach undergraduate and graduate courses in educational technology, design thinking, content literacy, English teaching methods, digital storytelling, and graphic novels as literature amongst others. In the 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 one of the moderators of #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.