I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS! Camp, hike, ski, climb - I find that is where I want to be all of the time! My passion is canyon country and anything outside in the winter! I am a husband and a father who loves to camp and ski with my wife and kids.
I have the privilege of working in the profession of Experiential Education here at Cherry Creek High School (CCHS). I have worked in outdoor education since 1998. I hold a Masters Degree in Outdoor education and have a strong background as a course director for outdoor events all seasons of the year. Along with a wonderful staff, I have had the privilege of working with C.O.L.T. Club since the fall of 2000. My outdoor medical training is through the Wilderness Medical Institute (NOLS) and hold a current Wilderness First Responder training. I teach full time at CCHS in the Adventure Department and am always looking forward to the next trip or event with COLT Club!
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My love for the outdoors began as a kid in Albuquerque, NM. My father worked for a sporting goods company and we were fortunate to have many opportunities to explore the outdoors and learn about outdoor equipment. I grew up camping, windsurfing, sailing, backpacking and hiking. My Science Fair project as a kid, was to test different water filters and collect results. Since moving to Colorado in 1995, I've had the opportunity to combine my love for Science and the outdoors when I became a classroom instructor. I received my teaching degree from CSU in Fort Collins in Biology/Natural Resources Education and volunteered for the parks program in Fort Collins.
I have quickly expanded my love for new adventures as I learn about all that Colorado has to offer. I enjoy ice climbing, road cycling, running, hiking, backpacking and skiing. My husband and I enjoy planning out multi-day pack trips in the National Parks as a way to see new places.
I have been an eighth grade Science teacher at Campus since 2006 and recently participated in the educator's ropes course class, which provided an opportunity to now be a sponsor with the COLT club. This is my second year with the COLT club and I recently earned my Wilderness First Aid certification. I hope to provide a connection between Campus and Creek as our students transition to high school and learn about the COLT club at Creek. I've been working with the Open Wall staff and look forward to new outdoor educational adventures with Creek students.
The only sponsor who can single track in a suit and tie: Ray teaches Physical Education at West Middle School then heads our way to co-coach the mountain bike team.
Fear not! I survived my impalement, my left arm has recovered full range of motion and I have feeling back in my fingers. Just kidding. Actually I took the Wilderness First Responder class through Wilderness Medical Institute this summer and the moulage was just part of the fun. I have been working with COLT Club for 5 years. It is by far the best extracurricular activity at Creek. I am so excited that I can share my love of the outdoors with students. I have been active in the outdoors for the majority of my life. I enjoy snowboarding, back country hut trips and ice climbing in the winter. When the sun is shining warmly I love to hike, camp, rock climb, mountain bike, and raft. It is so hard to pick a favorite trip/experience to share, but I would have to go with reaching the summit of the Grand Teton. I love seeing pictures of the Tetons in advertisements and thinking quietly to myself, "I was there." The outdoors are where I am the happiest and I am at my best there. I teach Social Studies at CCHS and really enjoy that as well. I guess I am lucky in that I love my job! Thanks...
I am so excited to continue working with students in the backcountry, and in this chapter: exploring the Rockies! I am originally from Upstate New York and have explored parts of the Adirondacks, Andes, and Appalachians with a backpack on my back and hiking poles in hand. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato's MS in Experiential Education program in July 2018, stuck around for a Certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching until May 2019, am a member of the National Ski Patrol as an Outdoor Emergency Care Instructor, and am certified through NOLS Wilderness Medicine as a Wilderness First Responder. I am eager to start exploring the beautiful and rugged terrain in my new home state of Colorado with the Cherry Creek High School COLT Club!
When I was ten, I asked for a bike for Christmas, and I got a Raleigh ten speed, which was an interesting choice since we lived on ten acres surrounded by dirt roads. While my two siblings got BMX bikes and built jumps for them, I rode around on those dirt roads and fell in love with the freedom I found on my bike. Jump forward to college, and once again, I asked for a bike for Christmas, but this time I knew what to ask for, so I walked out of a local bike shop with a Giant Rincon. I rode all around Columbia, MO, on that bike through rain, snow, mud, and sun. I'm still riding any kind of bike I can get my hands and feet on. Over the years, I've participated in triathlons, and raced my mountain and cyclocross bikes. I'm really excited to help out with the mountain bike team. I love to see teenagers starting out the way I did and hope that they, too, will have a lifelong passion for cycling!