From owning my own "human target" paintball business to conducting independent research on the superheroes and mythology and becoming managing editor of the Albion Pleiad, I like to think I have accumulated a considerable degree of experience in my 4.5 years of collegiate education, even outside of education. That said, my experiences have made me a better student of the world, and thereby a more effective teacher, I believe.
Please take a look at my Teaching Resume for a quick overview of my grades and honors, field placements, classroom experience, and related work experience.
For every semester I’ve spent at Albion, I’ve been involved with a middle or high school theater program in some capacity. I acted in high school, and that interest led me to take theater classes while at Monroe County Community College about the history of theater, acting fundamentals, a directing workshop in addition to some of the one-act plays I acted in outside of class requirements. When I came to Albion, I didn’t really have time for acting, but I found myself nonetheless involved in school theater programs as a result of my field placements. I co-directed a production of Happily Never After at Albion High School with my mentor teacher Carina Hilbert during my first field placement. The next semester I worked with Dr. Ian MacInnes and Dr. Amity Reading leading drama workshops and writing/directing the annual play at Mar Lee middle school. The first year we wrote a middle school adaptation of Gawain and the Green Knight, and the next year, Dr. MacInnes and I wrote an original murder-mystery play called Bearly Alive. Dr. MacInnes and myself also co-wrote a grant that, upon its acceptance, allowed the funds to actually bus the Mar Lee kids from the middle school to Albion College so we could use the college theater.
Having so much experience in theater, I knew I wanted to get involved while at Marshall High School during my student teaching internship, so I immediately sought out Dianne Long, the theater teacher and director of the straight plays at MHS. She gladly accepted my offer to help out, and I ended up co-directing the fall production of Moon Over Buffulo, a task that spanned everything from casting to blocking, from costuming and set building to stage directions. Having such a rich experience in school theater, I look forward to getting involved in school drama programs in the future.
For two years at Albion, I worked on the college paper, the Pleiad, serving as Senior Features Editor (which entailed both pitching, reporting on.researching, and writing weekly features articles and helping the other 6-8 writers in my section do the same) for three semesters and rounding out my experience as managing editor for the publication. You can see the collection of my published works from the Pleaid HERE.
The Ugly Sweater
While at Albion, I also partnered with the office of the college chaplain to create my own publication, a small magazine collection essays, testimonies, artistic works, or journalistic articles by students, faculty and/or alumni focused on the topics of faith and/or social justice. Named The Ugly Sweater, I recruited a variety of writers, from college freshmen to the president of Albion College, Mauri Ditzler, to pen what mattered to them - my job was just to help them say as effectively as possible what was on their heads and hearts. Together we've published articles on human trafficking, racism, the epistimological quandaries of prayer, the nature of truth, community service, and mediation, just to name a disparate few. With the launch of two successful volumes, the seconder larger than the first, happily, The Ugly Sweater is the Albion Legacy of which I am most proud.
During the summer of 2013, I took advantage of Albion's Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (FURSCA) program for independent student research. Working with Dr, Amity Reading and Dr. Ian MacInnes, I endeavored to study the question about whether or not superheroes could be considered a modern mythology. The proposal for this project can be found HERE, and my research blog can be found HERE.