I teach because I believe God has called me to the teaching profession and has given me a deep enjoyment of teaching along with the temperament for teaching. Seeing students become excited about the field of computing is extremely gratifying. I love experiencing the “Aha!” moments as students comprehend new concepts in computer science. I enjoy working with students to help them develop their analysis, design, programming and debugging skills. I find these skills apply not only to programming but also to other areas of life.
The field of computer programming offers unique opportunities for our students to serve and grow as professional young men and women. I want to challenge students to see their talents and abilities, even academic ones, as God-given and to encourage them to use their gifts to honor Him. We are intended to discover, develop, and utilize our talents and abilities. They are meant to be used to support our families, our churches, our communities, and our vocation in the larger world. In addition, God can make use of these gifts in unique ways, as witnessed by the involvement of the Taylor CSE department in developing software for churches and missions organizations, and students employing their skills in small businesses or the corporate work place to develop new software applications, or to act as translators between corporate users and the IT department.
Taylor has been a wonderful venue to live out my calling to teach. It is a unique school among Christian colleges. Students here are serious about knowing Jesus Christ and living out their faith in tangible ways. It has been a pleasure to meet numerous new students through the years, and to develop long-term friendships with some. The Computer Science and Engineering Department at Taylor is academically strong, offering both breadth and depth in its degree programs. We continually receive very positive feedback from employers about both the technical aptitude and the great attitude our students bring to the workplace. Because of this, many employers who hire one of our grads return with requests for more!
In addition to the time I spend teaching and working with students, and the time that I spend with my family, I especially enjoy reading. My favorite authors are A.W Tozer, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Charles Williams, and J.R.R Tolkien. Additional personal hobbies (when time allows) include reading westerns, lifting, running, gardening and fixing things around my house.