Head shot of Me as a graduate of Guildford School of Acting, UK, 2000. More hair, no gray and way fewer wrinkles!

About Me

I was born in North Dakota in the Great Plains of the United States.  I grew up in next door Minnesota among the lakes and trees.  My mom and dad have a small hobby farm where we raised sheep, chickens and a huge vegetable garden.  I enjoyed acting and performing while I was a student at Brainerd High School, as well as American football and outdoor adventure like canoeing and cross country skiing.  

After high school I entered Central Lakes College, a small college in central Minnesota where I completed an associate in arts degree in liberal arts and theatre performance, including courses in theatre, humanities, and environmental studies.  I went on to Bemidji State University where I earned a BS in Environmental Studies and, after a semester abroad at Oxford University, a BA in Social Studies/History.  Throughout my time at Bemidji I also maintained my interest and participation in music and theatre.

In the summers I worked with kids in the wilderness.   First in the Adirondack Park of upstate New York, then in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.  I learned a lot about God, myself, and working with young people.  Fresh out of college I taught for a year in the town of Albert Lea, Minnesota.  The next summer I served as a Congressional intern in Washington D.C. for an inspiring servant of the people named Jim Oberstar.  When the school year started that next fall I found myself back in the northwoods at Pequot Lakes School.  I ended up teaching there for 16 years and had some amazing and life changing experiences through my contact with some great colleagues and wonderful students.

One of the most important was rediscovering theatre arts in a big way.  My principal asked me to take on the speech and theatre programs at Pequot Lakes because he had faith that I could make a go of them.  I think I was reasonably successful.  A number of my students were state finalists in speech (or forensics) and two were state champions one year.  I directed about 20 plays including some really fun one acts, comedies, dramas, and musicals.  I also taught environmental science and social studies (humanities) classes.  In the course of being employed in Pequot Lakes, I had a chance to complete my masters degree in education at the University of Wisconsin - Superior and earn a post graduate diploma in Acting and Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting in Great Britain while on a sabbatical leave.

In 2002 I met and married my beautiful wife, Michelle.  Our story is really kind of cute but Michelle tells it better than I can.  It involves a small town airport, a pair of snow shoes, and Michelle's land lady Shirley.  I'm really simplifying here.  Anyhow with the help of my friend Rob I proposed and she said yes and we were married in the little Lutheran Church in Nisswa.  We now have two kids, Elijah and Sophia.  They are both just amazing and so is their mommy.

Now we find ourselves in the Republic of Korea where I have been honored to teach some pretty cool young people with some great fellow teachers.

Last but far from least, I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  I believe in a loving God who reveals himself in all creation.  He is the still small voice on the mountaintop, the wind across a northern lake, and the tear in a child's eye.  He sent his son to live among us, to reveal to us in his ministry and life how God intends for us to live.  Jesus became the atonement for our sin, the payment of all out debts.  It is nothing I do that justifies me before my creator, but what Christ did for me on a cross 2000 years ago.


Left: Stage shot of Me as Lt. Doug Roberts in "Mister Roberts" (GLAPA, MN) 
Right: Stage shot of Me as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" (GSA, UK)

My Teaching Resume

Theatre Arts / Drama
•Associate of Arts - Liberal Arts/Theatre Performance, Central Lakes College (CLC), Brainerd, MN, 1988
•Postgraduate Diploma - Acting and Musical Theatre, Guildford School of Acting (GSA)/Univ. of Surrey, UK, 2000
•Basic Certification, British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, London, 2000
IB-MYP Training, Drama (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program), CASIE-Atlanta, 2010
Related Experience: (Not a complete list of productions and credits)
•Actor, CLC Theatre Program, 1987-1988 (Productions included: Grease, Queen of Bingo, and Scotland Road)
•Tenor/Soloist/Madrigal Player, Bemidji Choir, Bemidji State University (BSU), Bemidji, MN, 1988-1992 (Including performances at Europa Cantat, Spain and Carnegie Hall, New York)
•Actor and Student Director, GSA, 1999-2000 (Productions included: Playing for Time, Representative Radio, Answers, Fiddler on the Roof, and Kiss Me Kate)  
•Actor and Directo
r, Pequot Lakes Community Theatre, 1994-2007 (Productions included: My Fair Lady, Man of LaMancha, Into the Woods, Secret Garden, Beauty Queen of Lenane, Lucky Stiff, and Mister Roberts)
•Director, Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS)Theatre, 19
95-2009 (Productions included: Arsenic and Old Lace, Diary of Anne Frank, The Crucible, Sorry Wrong Number, Riders to the Sea, The Women of Troy, Flora the Red Menace, and The Merchant of Venice
•High School Speech Coach (Forensics), PLHS, 1995-2002

•High School Theatre Teacher, PLHS, 2001-2009 (Courses: World Theatre, Intro to Acting, Stagecraft, and History in Drama)
•Middle School Drama Teacher, Tajeon Christian International School (TCIS), Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 2009-2010 (Courses: MYP Drama 6, 7 & 8)

Environmental Systems Science
•BS Environmental Studies, BSU, Bemidji, MN, 1991
    - Senior Project: “A comparison of three Beltrami County soils in terms of coliform and nitrate adsorption for land application of sewage sludge”
•MS Education-Instruction, Univ. of Wisconsin-Superior, 1999
    - Thesis: “The role of adult mentoring in student science project achievement”
    - Lake Superior Navigation for Math and Science Teachers, Lake Superior
    - Earth Systems Science Curriculum Project, Great Lakes Sea Grant
    - Yellowstone Wolf Reintroduction Seminar, Yellowstone Institute and International Wolf Center
•Minnesota Teaching Licenses: 7-12 Earth Science, 7-12 Life Science
Related Experience:
•Guide, Wilderness Canoe Base, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Summers 1989-92
•Student Teacher,
Pine River High School, 1992: 7th Grade General Science
•Summer Science Instructor, Itasca State Park/Albert Lea Schools, June 1993
•Middle School Science Teacher, Pequot Lakes Middle School, 1993-2004:
7th Grade Life Science, 8th Grade Earth Science
•Summer Science Instructor, BWCAW/Pequot Lakes Schools, Summers 1994-2004
•High School Science Teacher, PLHS, 2004-2010: Chemistry, Meteorology, Hydrology, Geology, Astronomy, Environmental Science
•Middle School Science Teacher, TCIS, 2009-10: MYP Science 7 (General Science

Humanities / Social Studies
•BA Social Studies, BSU, Bemidji, MN, 1991
    - Senior Papers: “Cite: European city centers and urban geography models” and “George Bunga: Gentleman of the Fur Trade”
•Visiting Student (Eurospring Program), Ctr. for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford University, UK, 1990
•Graduate Coursework in Political Science and European History (21 Credits): University of Minnesota-Mankato, St. Cloud State University, University of Iowa, Calvin College-Michigan (National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar: "Making Sense of the Reformation", 2009)
•Minnesota Teaching License, 7-12 Social Studies 
Related Experience:
•British History Spring Tour, CLC, 1988
•Eurospring Continental European Tour, Bemidji State University, 1990
•Europa Cantat (International Music Festival), Vitoria, Spain, 1991
•Student Teacher,
Pine River High School, 1992: American History
•Middle School Social Studies Teacher, Brookside Middle School, Albert Lea, 1992-3:
American History
•Congressional Intern, Rep. James Oberstar, U.S. Congress, Washington D.C., July-August 1993
•High School Social Studies Teacher, PLHS, 2004-2010: American Government, Anthropology, Western Civilization
•Bicycle touring in: New York, Michigan, Spain, Wales, Scotland, England, and Ireland


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