What motivated you to become a teacher?
Working with high school students in a lab in Chicago gave me a taste of how rewarding it can be to help people engage with the world around them and become better questioners and scientists.
What are your favorite moments with students?
I love troubleshooting an experiment or working through a particularly difficult problem with students. While passing knowledge on to students is good, pushing on toward a goal along side them is better.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?
God is a person who interacts with you, not an idea you have to prove.
Why are you passionate about the subject(s) that you teach?
God is so complex, beautiful, immediate, and subtle, and the natural world is one of the best sources of insight into His character. Ideally, science is giving creation the opportunity to speak its secrets and history, and a good scientist can hear the echoes of God’s voice in the world around us. To reduce science to a collection of facts is like reducing the Bible to a collection of words, and I have the opportunity to introduce students to a world much deeper than that.
What advice do you have for parents considering Christian education?
Students can forget that the truth they are exploring in church is related to the truth they are exploring in other areas. When teachers make explicit connections between God and the subjects they teach, they remind students that God is one, sovereign over every field of study, and unthreatened by the unanswered questions in any one discipline.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Fox in Sox
Favorite book as an adult?
War and Peace
At Wheaton Academy, we believe that students grow to become like their teachers (Luke 6:40)—that’s why it’s so important that 100% of our faculty, coaches, and staff are empowered to speak Biblical truth to our students.