I was born with bilateral congenital hip dysplasia. I don’t know
if my parents were geniuses or what, but they didn’t treat me any
differently than my brothers and sisters. Over the years, I have
overcome many obstacles. I believe that nothing is impossible if
you keep focused on the possibilities, not the disabilities.
For as long as I can remember, I either wanted to be a
veterinarian or a teacher when I grew up, but then a standardized
aptitude test indicated I should be an automotive mechanic. Due
to my physical limitations, I chose to become a teacher. Since
graduating from Central Michigan University (CMU) in 1983, my
teaching career has given me a wide variety of experiences that
have helped mold me into the teacher I am today. I love teaching!
Therefore, I am always looking for ways to provide exciting and,
sometimes, not-so-conventional ways to deliver information
to my students. Another gift from my parents and upbringing.
Students bring a vast amount of experiences and knowledge to
school. The same is true about teachers. I often reflect on my
childhood, schooling, and other past influences to evaluate how
and why I teach the way I do.
I was encouraged by colleagues to write a book about
my teaching style. The Mechanics of Teaching compares the
analytical/diagnostic qualities of automotive mechanics and