Born in Pontiac, Michigan, of Swedish and German ancestry, I lived most of my life in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. I have worked as a translator and editor of the neo-Latin author Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), as a computer technician, system administrator, Internet provider, and now as a teacher in the Leeward District of Oʻahu.
I have been married to Lori (also a teacher) since 1999, and we have five adult children living either in Hawaiʻi or Pennsylvania.
I am thankful for the opportunity to live in this unique land, and learn from the mele, hula, ʻōlelo, moʻolelo, aloha ʻāina, and mēheuheu preserved by the Kānaka Maoli, the indigenous people of these islands.
I embrace progress towards a sustainable existence on the only planet we have. I seek solutions for challenges to our survival, such as mass extinction and climate change, and the ongoing self-destructive choices of my species, in the form of science denial, ignorance, illogical thinking, and motivated reasoning. I reject corporate and theocratic fascism, the surveillance state, suppression of indigenous peoples, growing economic inequality, endless imperialistic war, unaccountable militarized law enforcement, and the criminalization of poverty, ethnicity, cognitive differences, and dissent.
I enjoy hiking, biking, music, and gadgets of every kind.
In the field of Education, I earned a Professional Certificate in Special Education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, received Hawaiʻi teaching license PL013860 in the field “SPED - Mild/Moderate 6-12”, and became highly qualified by Praxis in mathematics (grades 6-12), general science (6-12), and elementary education (K-6).
Working for the Hawaiʻi Department of Education in the Leeward District of Oʻahu, including the “hard to staff” Waiʻanae and Nānākuli Complexes, as well as Kapolei, Campbell, Waipahu and Pearl City Complexes, I have six years experience as a substitute, contract, and student teacher.
I have graduated or passed:
- Academic Degrees
- Continuing Education
Praxis Series Examinations:
- C-PPST Reading (5710) Writing (5720) Mathematics (5730)
- Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5014)
- Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 (0622)
- Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (0354)
- Middle School Mathematics (0069)
- Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061)
- Special Education: Content Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543)
- General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)
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 have supported 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!