Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Phone: (805) 565-6013
Office Location: Murchison Complex Office
I must begin with the fact that I am a Westmont graduate, and the learning that I experienced as a student has directly influenced who I am as a Westmont professor today. Did I mention I also coach the men’s basketball team?
What I love most about teaching is the very thing I experience in the classroom daily, whether it is, as a colleague of mine used to say, “knocking down the walls of ignorance, or building bridges to knowledge.” I am thrilled when I see the light begin to go on, and it most certainly does.
I teach mostly in the area of pedagogy and leadership and find myself noticing the need for courses in this area today more than ever. There is sincere enjoyment in helping students recognize how to lead effectively and teach both enthusiastically and methodically.
As a coach, I find myself interested in both the process and the product. Don’t let anyone tell you winning isn’t important; it is–whether in the classroom mastering a concept, embracing an ethical issue, or on the court learning to engage in concert with a teammate. Winning, however, is not as important as striving for excellence, attempting to move beyond the achievement of the previous day, and doing so synergistically with your brothers of the Kingdom. At Westmont we strive to achieve, not to bring glory to ourselves or even primarily to offer honor to our institution, but to glorify Jesus Christ in the fulfillment of our college motto: Christus Primatum Tenens: Holding Christ Preeminent.