Brian is a life-long learner. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2007, then his Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston in 2012, and is currently a doctoral student studying innovation and education reform at the University of Northern Colorado.
Brian’s educational philosophy and teaching methods are anchored in the importance of experiential education and the opportunity to learn from real-world experiences. In John Dewey's book, Education and Experience (1938), he discusses, specifically, how "if an experience arouses curiosity, strengthens initiative, and sets up desires and purposes," that experience will remain as a driving force in the mind of the student. Brian wants all of his students to have the exposure and the opportunities to have as many experiences as possible to discover their internal driving forces.
As parents, Brian and his wife, Lindsay, value Montessori’s philosophies of peace education and prioritizing the education of the whole child. They consider themselves Montessori parents and have seen the powerful benefits of including the Montessori method in their everyday lives with their own children since their birth. Their eldest son, Eli, currently attends Ms. Jennifer’s Primary class and their second son, Jasper, will be a future Owl, one day. They have enjoyed watching both boys flourish in the beautifully prepared Montessori environments at St. Catherine’s Montessori and at home. They have also witnessed the positive impact Montessori’s approaches have had on both their parenting and work lives.
Outside of education, Brian enjoys cooking with and for his family, reading books (both fiction and non-fiction), going on nature walks, and watching TV to relax.