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 Waiʻanae Coast of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. 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 2009, I have worked as a substitute teacher in the Leeward District of Oʻahu, for the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. For the 2013-2014 school year, I taught mathematics for the Upper Academy at Waiʻanae High School . For the 2014-2015 school year, I am a substitute in the Leeward District and a teacher candidate in the PB-SPED program at UH Mānoa. I have been married to Lori (also a teacher) since 1999, and we have five adult children living either in Hawaiʻi or Pennsylvania. I enjoy hiking, biking, music, and gadgets of every kind.
Living on the Waiʻanae 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 am a teacher candidate in a teacher licensing program at the University of Hawaiʻi, and a substitute teacher for the Leeward District of Oʻahu, which includes the “hard to staff” Waiʻanae and Nānākuli Complexes, as well as Kapolei, Campbell, Waipahu and Pearl CityComplexes.
I have been admitted to the
The exams listed fulfill HTSB Praxis requirements for a highly qualified teacher in secondary Mathematics (6-12) and General Science (6-12), and Elementary Education (K-6) content areas, and also meets the requirements for Special Education (K-12).
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 Hawaiʻi 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 Oʻahu.
In the field of Information Technology, I obtained the following certifications:
Mahalo for your interest!