My mother knew I was going to be a teacher long before I did. When I was in first grade, the teacher called home to explain that I had been speaking out of turn in my class. When the teacher, trying to reprimand me, asked, “Jared, would you like to teach the class?” Instead of the usual “No…” that students mumble, I said, “Sure!”
Surprised, my teacher let me walk in front of the class and pretend to be the teacher for about five minutes.
I didn’t think anything of it and continued through the public education system until the time that I graduated high school. It was my memory of that first grade class coupled with the classroom experiences, both good and bad, that drove me to pursue a career in education. I attended Westminster College where I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Secondary Education.
Throughout my experiences, I have found that it is important to create a comfortable classroom environment in which the students feel safe and empowered to learn.
In 2011, I attained my Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University’s Masters of Education program. I believe that technology has become an integral part of our society and that students need to build 21st-century skills in order to succeed.
I have been teaching for the past eleven years with the last three years at State College Area High School. Personally, I live in State College and have two children of my own (6, 4).
Teachers, students, and families are facing a school year unlike anything we’ve experienced before. There will be unexpected challenges and obstacles along the way, but if we communicate, I’m confident that we can make this a successful school year. My ultimate goal is to be a resource for you. As important as the English material is, your well-being and safety are my top priorities. I am happy to work with you to find a path for success, but the first step in that process is to communicate clearly. Let me know if you are struggling. We can work through this school year together.