Ed became a part of the mentor family in 2009 and is currently working as a Mentor Coach and Shadow for the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project. He is enthusiastic about his role with ASMP and finds it inspiring working with some of the best of the best in the field of education.
"Offering an extra set of eyes and ears can only help when guiding, supporting, and coaching mentors towards meaningful and effective mentoring." Ed holds a Master's degree in Teaching along with a dual certification in Special and Elementary Education. He has over 25 years of teaching experience, instructing students from kindergarten through high school. While he has taught in larger urban classrooms early in his career, the majority of his experience has been in special education in rural Alaska. During his time with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Ed led a Behavioral Management team throughout the district to help teachers reduce discipline challenges in the classroom. By forming educational teams that included the parents and supportive community members, they were able to develop a positive plan that would more effectively satisfy the needs of the student. With the Behavioral Management Team's support, the classroom teacher was able to focus on bringing the classroom back to a more productive learning environment. Ed's background has given him the skills to collaborate with new mentors on their supportive role for early career teachers.
When Ed isn't working, you'll usually find him somewhere in Kachemak Bay kayaking with family and friends. He and his wife Sheryl, currently live in Homer, Alaska.