B.A. English – Boston College
M.A.T. – Brown University
Number of Years Coaching
Ice Dance, Skating Skills, Stroking, Power, Moves in the Field, Footwork, and Choreography
Coach of Regional, Sectional, and National Medalists
Coach of Gold and International Dance tests, Silver Free Dance tests, and Senior Moves in the Field tests
Five-time U.S. National Ice Dance Competitor, Novice through Senior
Junior Sectional Champion
Two-time National Medalist – Novice and Junior
Affiliation with U.S. Figure Skating and PSA
U.S. Figure Skating and PSA member
I retired from competitive figure skating relatively early in part because I enjoyed, and wanted to explore, my coaching and the relationships that I was fostering with students on the ice as they learned, employed, and enjoyed strategies and skills that helped them on and off the ice.
That desire soon spread to outside the rink. Since 2004, I have taught high school English, and I currently teach 10th, 11th, and 12th grade classes at Norwell High School, a position that gives me tremendous satisfaction.
To this day, I approach my relationships with my students in the classroom much like I do with my students on the ice. My planning and my lessons are built around the concept of planning backwards with a key sense of each particular student’s objectives, and consequently basing daily lessons on a fundamental pedagogy and skill-set acquisition needed towards meeting those goals while keeping in mind the student’s own independent learning styles and needs.
In the same way that I value giving my English students confidence to take informed intellectual risks in the classroom, I believe strongly in the intellectual component of figure skating. My goal is for my skating students to feel confident in the skills that they can employ to problem-solve independently during practice. Particularly with young students, I try to build confidence and self-esteem so that they can leave the rink feeling confident in taking risks, understanding that being wrong is normal and important for growth, and believing in their own abilities to problem-solve in the world outside the rink walls.
Outside of the rink and school, I enjoy cooking, boating, travel, running, and most importantly, being a dad and husband.