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I have seen time and time again a hidden brilliance in the students I encounter in my classroom. For too long this brilliance has been stifled by a system that represses creativity and innovation with rows, textbooks, and lectures. But I am part of a tribe of people working to unleash the potential of every student we encounter by rethinking and retooling what this system looks like.

I am a teacher.

That's why I teach students with project based learning. And give keynotes, workshops, and write about my work in the classroom and how effective authentic education can be. It’s the reason I presented a TED talk at Tedx San Antonio called "School Should Take Place in the Real Word," and write for publications like EdWeek, The Huffington Post, and WeAreTeachers.

It’s why I run the Facebook page The Epic Classroom, and get to connect with millions of other like minded educators from all walks of life.

I believe in students, I believe in teachers, and I believe in what school has the potential of being.

I am the former senior editor for School Leaders Now, and am currently a professor at Grand Valley State University.

My beautiful bride is named Alli and we have a boy named Jack and little princess named Piper. Their favorite activities are pointing out rocks and riding our golden retriever Zeke. 

School should not be boring. Life either.

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with teachers and other educators at schools and conferences around the world. From keynoting the Design Expedition in Eindhoven, Netherlands, to helping a school in West Lyons, Iowa explore project based learning, I get to help educators make learning come alive and be memorable for students.

If you are interested in having me present, feel free to email me at or fill out the form to the left, and I will will get back to you right away.