Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. J

My journey in education began with a career change from the automotive service industry. After serving as a service technician for Honda of America for 9 years, I found myself suddenly questioning the "why" of my work. While I still love working on cars in my spare time, I learned the important lesson that making one's hobby a career doesn't always guarantee a great fit. Following a period of self reflection, I knew my true place was in the classroom - and I returned to the University of Washington to complete a Bachelors of Arts in History and Social Sciences, and a Masters in Teaching. 

My Student Teaching experience was completed at Mountlake Terrace High School in 2011, under the mentorship of Dan Falk. Upon completing my initial training, I was hired by the wonderful staff at Edmonds Heights K-12 to implement their catalog of Social Science courses, along with several unique electives. My four years there produced many fond memories I'll treasure always. I began to realize, however, the commute was not something I found to be a meaningful addition to my life. As a proud North Everett resident, the choice was clear - it was time to teach where I lived.

In 2017 I was hired as a member of the 6th grade ELA team here at Eisenhower. I'm fortunate to work with such an amazing community of students, parents, and staff. While I love teaching in Everett, I once again signed up for a commute - this time moving further North. 

My wife and I decided it was time to pursue one of our dreams in October 2019 - a bit more rural living close to where I grew up: the 7 Lakes area northwest of Marysville. We purchased a long vacant home on Lake Howard in October 2019, and together work each weekend on making it into our dream. In the coming decades, we hope to retire here and live out our days in our version of "Bag End." I'm a pretty "open book," as the saying goes - so if you've got a question please feel free to ask.