Welcome! I am a third-year doctoral student at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, with interests centered around maker-centered learning and technology integration in elementary schools for the benefit of all students. Through my research, teaching, and service, I aim to assist preservice and in-service teachers to support their students, especially historically marginalized populations of students, to discover their love of learning and to have exposure, access, and support to experiences that allow them to find their own definition of a successful, meaningful life.
As a white male working largely in communities that I neither grew up in nor currently live in, I strive toward taking action with community members and drawing upon lived experiences and research based within similar marginalized communities.
Prior to joining the doctoral program, I taught in elementary classrooms in the Ravenswood City School District, where I also served as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Coordinator and the Director of Curriculum & Instruction. During my time in the district office, I built out a system of makerspaces to help infuse creativity and hands-on learning into students’ school experiences. Following my experience in the school district, I worked in our local county office of education, supporting in the fields of maker education and technology integration before leading the STEAM (add Arts into the prior acronym) team of curriculum coordinators as the STEAM Center Director.