I currently work with District 287, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My main role is the District’s Innovation Facilitator. I spend a good portion of the day coordinating the work of our District’s 20 Innovation Coaches. I also chair the District’s Innovation Steering Committee. Second, I work as a Personalized Learning Facilitator, which is a broadly defined role that helps our District’s 140 programs integrate personalized elements into their teaching and training. Lastly, I spend time each week (usually evenings) teaching, designing, and creating online Japanese classes for Northern Star Online, which is a consortium of school districts on the western side of the Twin Cities.
I’ve spent the majority of my life teaching in some way shape or form. I’ve been teaching in Minnesota for more than 18 years, all of them with Intermediate District 287. For the first eight years, I taught Japanese via Interactive Cable TV in five high schools. Before teaching in the public school system, I worked one year as a manager for a small Japanese company in the Twin Cities. Prior to coming to Minnesota, I taught English in Japan for four years.
In May of 2007, I was selected as the Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The following year was one of the more memorable and exhilarating years of my life. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to serve Minnesota teachers in that role, and for people I met and the experiences I had.
Educationally, I have a Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota. My undergraduate degree, in Economics, is from Harvard College. I also spent a year as a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholar at Stockholm University in Sweden.
When I’m not working, I usually am spending time with my lovely wife and our two children. I also enjoy coaching soccer, and am currently coaching my daughter’s competitive with Fusion Soccer Club. With whatever energy remains, I like to exercise, read, play games, and learn new stuff. I’m currently learning how to program, specifically Python and C#. And I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, so it goes without saying: I am a Red Sox fan.
(My views presented in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer, District #287)