Hometown: Salem, Virginia
Education: Radford University—B.A.
Current Position: Middle School History, Head Coach Boys and Girls Middle School Soccer
What's one thing your students don't know about you?
I attended NCS as a student. I like to cook in my free time.
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? What do you do to stay current?
Human Geography and teaching children about the their relationship with time and place. I enjoy building confidence, joy and passion in students and attending technology workshops.
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Who most influenced your decision to teach?
My father Richard Cook and mother Nancy Cook have been strong role models and have shown me the value of helping others through education.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
Bob Dylan and Wilco
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead?
Sports writer, I have always wanted to be a beat writer for the Boston Red Sox or a restaurant owner.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out?
Taking the 8th grade class on a science/outdoor adventure to West Virginia for camping and rafting.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
The Halloween Parade and Billy Ellis Northcross dressing up as a witch for Halloween.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned?
How to think analytically and work together in groups