Thanks for taking a look at my page. I am a Scandinavian/German American; I was born in Michigan, have lived in Pennsylvania, England (UK), Ontario (Canada), California, and since 2005 on the Wai‘anae Coast of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. My family and community valued school, independent learning, and ongoing reflection, and taught me to constantly pursue, integrate and apply new information. I studied classical languages and language education, and worked as a translator and editor of 18th century Neo-Latin. As the use of computers in publishing grew, I turned into an IT worker and online service provider. Since early 2009 I have worked as a substitute teacher in the Leeward District of O‘ahu, for the Hawai‘i Department of Education, and would like to move into full-time teaching. I have been married to Lori (also a teacher) since 1999, and we have five adult children living either in Hawai‘i or Pennsylvania. I enjoy hiking, biking, music, and gadgets of every kind.
Living on the Wai‘anae Coast, I began to learn about the Hawaiian language, music, and cultural heritage, and witnessed, for the first time and close up, the effects of historic injustice, cultural conflict, and systemic poverty. This experience inspired me to try out education as a new career, to take on the challenges of learning and teaching, and to explore the diverse cultures of these islands and their interaction with the school system.
In the field of Education, I work as a substitute teacher, in every grade from Pre-K to 12, in regular, inclusion and special education settings, including medically fragile. With a background in information technology, including work in Hawai‘i schools, I am also interested in positions that include a technical support role, or where computer technology serves as a tool or as subject matter.
I am available as a substitute teacher at all grade levels, throughout the Leeward District, which comprises the “hard to staff” Wai‘anae and Nānākuli Complexes, as well as Kapolei, Campbell, Waipahu, and Pearl City Complexes. I will consider daily or long-term assignments.
In the field of Education I have graduated or passed:
In the field of Information Technology, I support users of personal computers running the GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Apple OS X operating systems, and maintained a variety of Internet services. I have provided computer support at Nānākuli Elementary School / Ke Kula Kaiapuni Hawai‘i o Nānākuli. I have provided field service for Dell computers in business, school and home office settings, and upgraded POS systems for banks and major retailers on O‘ahu.
In the field of Information Technology, I obtained the following certifications:
Mahalo for your interest!