Meet the Teacher

It's hard to believe it, but as the school year flies towards winter break, I am already well into my fourth year of teaching 6th grade math in a rural Wisconsin school district! My wife, Nicole, and I have been married for two years. She teaches first grade in the same district. I look forward to a couple of years, when I get to have some of her students in 6th grade math for the first time!

There are a lot of reasons I am where I am today, but let's start with one of the biggest, my family (yes...that family you see below!). It's safe to say teaching runs in my family. My mom and dad both spent careers in education: my mom a first grade teacher and my dad the principal of my high school. My parents have shown me the importance of education and the impact educators can have in the lives of students! Both of my older brothers have also been a big inspiration for me. One of my brothers is a high school choir director and the other is a civil engineer. I always look forward to seeing my four nephews and nieces!

For those who know me, they can tell you that one of my biggest passions is baseball. I grew up playing it and following it with my two brothers (yes, you can play baseball with three people if you are creative) and have loved it ever since. I currently coach the high school team in my district and still play on the local team during the summer.


  1. Hi,

    I happened to chance upon your blog and found it very interesting!

    We have recently launched a science app that uses augmented reality to enhance classroom teaching. The app has 3D models for kindergarten to grade 12. I thought you might want to check it out and may be review it on your blog, if possible.

    It is a paid app(with a few models free) but in case you are interested in trying it out I will be happy to provide you with a free copy.

    The link to the app is:



    You can also search for the app on the app store as 'Augmenter'.

    Do let me know if you would be interested. I am really Looking forward to your response.

    happy teaching!


  2. Hi ! I am a 6th grade math teacher that came back into the classroom last year after 15 years of homeschooling my own kids. What a challenge last year was ! I spent the year reading and deciding how Inwanted to do things differently. Love your ideas. My biggest question is how you keep the groups on task when you are working with a small group. I have rather large classes (average if 30 kids) and would like to have 6 groups of five rotate through 6 stations over a period of 3 days. Just concerned that I will have to stop small group work to make sure others are not too loud or doing something other than station work.

  3. I asked the question above and the re-read your math workshop post and saw you answered it there. My apologies for asking a question that you answered in your post! It's early here :-)

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