My teaching philosophy revolves around the concept that each student carries with them their own experiences and a personal lens with which they interpret the world. They each have a unique opportunity to change the world in their own way and I have the challenge and opportunity to help guide them toward connecting their prior knowledge with present learning and future opportunities. My passion for kinesiology, or the study of human motion, stems from my engineering background for wanting to know “why things work” and ultimately applying these principles toward the amazing mechanisms of the human body. I particularly try to help students apply these principles and this knowledge toward making the world a better place.
I first came to “teaching as a passion” while working in the aerospace industry at Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines. I was helping to mentor students at a local high school in Hartford, CT when I realized the potential opportunity to better a student’s future trajectories from the connection between a them and the teacher. After eventually coming back to Greenville to teach high school AP/IB physics and Project Lead the Way pre-engineering, I transitioned back to graduate school at Clemson where I received my M.S. and PHD in bioengineering, specializing in biomechanics. Along the way, I also received an education certificate from the Clemson Engineering and Science Education department where part of my dissertation was focused on the dynamic transfer of knowledge in the context of biomechanics. I’ve used the education research to guide my interactions with students both in courses and in undergraduate research in the Molnar Human Performance Laboratory. The Health Sciences department, within the liberal arts setting of Furman University, has provided exciting opportunities to blend all of these experiences toward connecting with, and guiding our students toward changing and leading the world in their own unique way.
Outside of school, I enjoy time with my wife, Jen, our two daughters, and dog, Bozeman, playing in the outdoors. Additionally I enjoy running with my colleagues, cycling up the blue-ridge mountains and playing guitar with friends.