John graduated from Arkansas State University with a BSE in Social Science Education in 2008 and has worked as a teacher in K-12 traditional classrooms. Ultimately, John found his place in the educational field when he took a job as a special education teacher in a resource setting. During this time, John found a passion for working with students with learning differences of all forms. Restlessness and a desire to combine his love for teaching with a more tangible curriculum led John to move to Bend in 2012 to work as a field instructor at a wilderness therapy program. After three years, John decided to leave wilderness therapy to return to a more traditional teaching role. John is currently pursuing a master’s degree in special education.
Having struggled with school himself, John pulls from his own experiences and combines them with his experience as a teacher to offer individualized support to his students. His time as a wilderness instructor enables him to help students connect the tangible lessons learned in wilderness to the difficulties they encounter during their transition back to a more complex setting.
During his time as a field instructor, John picked up wood carving which has led him to carve countless spoons that he usually gives to friends and family. Otherwise, John enjoys mechanics, reading, playing music, camping, road-tripping, and occasionally, doing absolutely nothing.