Josh is excited to join the St. Paul community this year teaching 6th and 7th grade mathematics. Born in the United States, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology and his teaching credential from Sonoma State University. Josh also has a Master’s of Arts degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. Josh has 15 years of teaching experience at the elementary level. Josh spent his last 6 years teaching 6th grade scholars in Idaho, United States. Josh works to create safe learning environments and believes that every student can make sense out of mathematics at a deep level. Over the last 15 years, he has been developing language-rich math classrooms where students make connections between a variety of representations. Recently, Josh was recognised as a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at the elementary level. This will be Josh’s first international teaching experience. Josh loves traveling the world with his wife, Casey. When Josh isn’t reading up on education, you can find him exercising, playing his bass, or watching the occasional roller derby bout.