I have taught in the History Department at NKHS since 1997. My primary teaching assignment has been US
History, AP US History, and AP European History.
I was raised and educated in California, earning my BA (summa cum laude)
and MA degrees in history from San Diego State University. I started
teaching in California in 1979, then moved abroad in 1986 for twelve
years, serving stints in West Berlin, W. Germany; Singapore; and
Düsseldorf, Germany. Much of that experience was in the German Abitur and International Baccalaureate diploma programs teaching German and European history.
involvement outside of NKHS includes teaching history in the evenings
at Olympic College since 1998 and scoring the College Board AP US
History examinations in Texas and Kentucky since 2004. Other important
current professional associations are as a Fellow at the US Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, a Fellow at the Jewish Foundation for
the Righteous in New York, and member of the Education Advisory Board
of the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle. I have spoken at
professional conferences at Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel),
Seattle University, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of
Washington, Central Washington University, and Bellevue College; at the
European Council of International Schools conference in Hamburg,
Germany; at annual WA state holocaust conferences in Seattle,
Tri-Cities, Mt. Vernon, Olympia, Poulsbo, Wenatchee, and the Seattle
Museum of Flight. I have also spoken at the Lockheed-Martin
corporation at the nuclear submarine base at Bangor, WA, and to chapter
meetings of both the Daughters of the American Revolution (2011, 2013,
2014, 2015, 2016) and the Sons of the American Revolution (2013).
Honors of which I am proud include the national Goldman Award (top teacher in Holocaust education, 2004); WA state Teacher of the Year (American Legion, 2004); Teacher of the Year (North Kitsap School District, 2004); the Pressly Prize (WA state Teacher of the Year, History Dept., Univ. of Washington, 2007), Teacher of Excellence (Washington State Univ., 2007), WA state Teacher of the Year (Daughters of the American Revolution, 2013), Teacher of the Year (Daughters of the American Revolution, Elizabeth Ellington Chapter, 2012), Teacher of the Year (Daughters of the War of 1812, USS Enterprise Chapter, 2012), and the Outstanding Graduate award (History Dept., San Diego State Univ., 1979). I have published articles in Military Affairs, The History Teacher (2), and the Seattle Times, all related either to the Boer War in South Africa or the Nazi dictatorship.
non-teaching time revolves around my faith and my family (wife, Josie,
of 38 years; children Claire and Nathan; and grandchildren Kate, Kyle,
Kallan, and Karoline). I enjoy doing anything with Josie, playing the
piano, playing with my Golden Retriever, Lucy (the sniveling toady of the bourgeoisie), and following
international soccer, the Sounders, college football, and the Seahawks.
I love to learn history, to write it, and to teach it. I am delighted
to work with you and your child this year!