My Mission

"To teach students how to develop their critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in ways that generate excitement for the visual arts"

 

I've been teaching art at Victor Schools for 14 years and have enjoyed every minute of it, working with students at all levels from the Primary to the High School. I started my journey pursuing a career as an illustrator and received my BFA in illustration from the University at Buffalo. I found my calling as an educator while helping my former art teacher work with students on their portfolios in my hometown of North Rose. Finding myself in a position where I could make a difference while helping students grow as creative thinkers and skilled craftsmen led me to a career in education. I earned my teaching certificate from Buffalo State College and a Masters in Integrating Technology Into Curriculum from Walden University.

 

I believe that the skills students learn should be relevant to their lives. I take advantage of every opportunity to create lessons that have real-world implications with an understanding that there are many exciting career opportunities in the arts. I look forward to helping any student who has an interest in pursuing these options beyond high school.     


Beyond the classroom I have found myself as a parent in the district that I've grown to love. My daughter, Lorna and Son, Steven are students at the ECS and Primary School and my wife Meg was introduced to me during my first year of teaching by my mother-in-law who works in the primary school (there's also Mr. Gus, our German Short-haired Pointer and Ginger, our Chocolate Lab). There is nothing I love more than spending time with my family; we love to travel, fish, hike, and spend time with friends. In my free time I enjoy drawing, working on various projects, and watching football; I'm a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan who never misses a game.

 

If you have any questions or just want to chat, don't hesitate to contact me using the information below. Please note that my preferred method of contact is email. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you this year!