Middle School Bible
Master of Theology, Biblical Studies, Duke University
Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology, New Testament and Early Christianity, Harvard University
B.A. Religion and Philosophy, University of Georgia
Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up? What was it about him/her that impacted you?
My most influential teacher was Robert Owens, a “free spirited” middle school history teacher whose enquiries into social norms introduced me to critical thought and spurred my life-long research within the fields of Philosophy and Theology.
What is your teaching philosophy?
At the Middle School level, I am primarily interested in teaching students how to learn efficiently, think critically, and engage others respectfully.
Please share some of the highlights of your teaching and travel experience.
-US Army Cultural and Language Immersion Program 2005
-New Testament Archaeology Research (Greece and Turkey) 2011
-German Language School (Berlin) 2011
-Latin and Religion tutor for the Duke Athletic Department 2013-2014
When nothing else is working, what is your go-to?
If all else fails, turn it into a competition! Games are usually fun and particularly effective for review.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
John 1:1-14: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth