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Hello!  I'm very excited that I get to teach your child Science this year!  I graduated from California State University Stanislaus in 2006 before moving to Tomball.  I spent the following year subbing at different schools in Tomball until I was offered a job at NIS.  This will be my 10th year teaching at Northpointe.  Wow...that means I'm gettin' old!
 
When I'm not teaching science at NIS I like to spend time with my family.  I just celebrated my 4th wedding anniversary with my wife, Catherine.  I have two kids.  Alec is 15 and is starting 9th grade at TMHS.  Autumn is 6 and will be starting first grade at WCES.  I enjoy camping, hiking, attending church, and playing various musical instruments.
 
 
Pedagogy
It's pretty simple: I want all my students to excel in Science.

Here are a few beliefs that drive what I do in my class:
  • My students will perform better if they feel that I care about them.
  • My students will perform better if they are excited about what we are doing in class
  • My students will be excited about what we are doing if I'm excited about it
  • Earning my students trust is extremely important
 
 
I'm very proud of who I am as a teacher today.  Over the years I've grown as a person and as a teacher.  I'd like to acknowledge some of those people because I wouldn't be who I am if it weren't for them.
 
Hope Durham:  I taught on a team with Hope for 6 years.  She is listed first because she probably has had the greatest impact on me.  Early on I was very soft - I had no control over my classroom.  Hope helped me with that part, but also challenged me directly and told me that I needed to learn how to do this on my own.  Hope still teaches here at NIS, but we no longer work together as a teaching team.  
 
Claire Youngblood:  Claire was also part of our teaching team.  The main thing I learned from Claire was how to handle (TBC)