Describe your teaching philosophy.
Learning through problem solving and doing.
Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
Because of the influence my instructors had on me. I also love people, new technology and just plain learning new things. It seemed to be a good fit.
What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
To learn a lot about manufacturing, engineering, design, and how technology is involved in them all. We take a problem-solving-based approach in this program. And of course, to have fun using 3D printers and using specialized equipment to make things.
What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
I have 20-plus years of experience working in manufacturing to help with on the experience side. I consider myself a lifetime student. Two or three days a week I am a student of Judo. I know what is like to learn from someone, where to make improvements, when to give advice, and when to just stand back.
What advice do you have for students pursuing a degree in your program?
Learn to be OK with . . . learning. Also, be creative. Learning should be more than just the next two years, four years, etc. It should be every day the rest of your life. Reading books, learning from professionals and being creative with what you have learned.
What do you enjoy most about working with students?
Laughter, seeing when they understand key concepts for the first time, and how their personalities and experiences bring different things to the classroom.
What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
Working with the faculty and staff. I have gained a lot experience and knowledge just working with the various trades. The staff brings a level of professionalism that challenges me often.
What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
There are a lot. Seeing what my past students have achieved since they have graduated is an awesome feeling.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
Hanging out with family and throwing people (Judo . . . insert smiley face!).
What would students be surprised to know about you?
I love old (outlaw) country music and old gospel music.