Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English B.S. Secondary Education - English Education & Theatre Arts Education M.A. Creative Writing and Literature for Educators
The kid you see pictured here had no idea what the future had in store for him. He Graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis, and later the University of Minnesota. He got his MA in Creative Writing and Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has taught English and Theatre as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, North Branch, Minnesota, Istanbul, Turkey, Ramsey Jr. High and finally here at Johnson High School. He has taken field trips with his students to The International Schools in Brussels and Amsterdam and castles in Scotland; he's been professionally developed in Stratford-on-Avon. Sitting in my 10th grade English class at Washburn, if someone had told me this would be my future, I never would have believed them. I sincerely believe each and every one one of my students has the same potential.
I run the Poetry Out Loud program here at Johnson. Here's a link to their website: Poetry Out Loud. Johnson senior, Alina Vang, took in 2nd place in the state in 2019 and the Minnesota state champ went on to win the national competition (and $20,000!).
I also coordinate and edit Johnson's artisitic and literary magazine The Mirror. I am proud to mention The Mirror received a rating of "Excellent" from the National Council of Teachers of English for the 2015/16 edition. This year's addition looks to be as good if not better. If you're a creative writer, share your stuff with me so the editors can consider it for publication!
Schoology has become my "go to" site for finding most handouts and updates, so check there if that's what you're here for.
If you would like to contact me you may call (651)744-3626 between 8:30 and 9:00 in the morning during my prep. You may also call and ask to leave a voice mail message at (651)293-8890 - my voice mail extension is 1401. I am generally available after-school at the same numbers.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
DO NOT email questions to my stpaul.k12.mn.us address as I do not check it as often.
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