In first of three-year term as FAR at Western ... Professor at WWU's Woodring College of Education ... In 18th year overall and beginning fifth year as chair of Secondary Education Department ... Teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in curriculum development, educational psychology, instructional strategies, assessment and history/social studies teaching methods ... Also observes and evaluates student teachers earning 5-12 teaching certificates ... 2003 recipient of Western's Excellence in Teaching Award ... Obtained bachelor of arts and education degree at Pacific Lutheran University in 1984 and received masters of education (1991) and doctorate (1995) degrees at University of Washington ... Competed in football at PLU as offensive guard ... Earned first-team NAIA All-America honors as senior as well as Little All-Northwest, all-district and all-conference recognition ... Also received All-America honorable mention as junior on team that won Northwest Conference championship ... First-team NAIA National Scholar-Athlete as senior and was second-team pick as junior ... Prior to arrival at WWU, taught and coached 10 years at high school level ... That included one semester at Renton High School and two four-year stints (1986-90 and 1992-96) at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way ... During that time was assistant coach in football, track, basketball, baseball and softball ... Has published over 34 journal articles, curriculum guides and book chapters about effective uses of classroom discussion, and about integrating computer-based technology into classrooms ... Has written two books (along with former WWU professor Tim Keiper) on the effective use of instructional strategies (Instructional Strategies for Middle and High School, 2nd Ed. 2013, and Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Social Studies: Methods, Assessment, and Classroom Management, 2011 ... Co-authored elementary grade basal reader series that won first place award at 2003 New York Book Show ... Currently serves on editorial advisory board for "Theory and Research in Social Education." ... He and wife Jermaine have three children, twin sons Josh and Zach, who are juniors at Sehome High School and daughter Ellie, a sophomore at Whitworth University ... 51 years old.