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The Latest Student Blogs

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  • A Man’s Best Friend: Dogs

    Featured image by:tranmautritam at You have  bad day. Whether it is from a hard day at work, your alarm clock did not go off on time, you did bad on your math test or whatever is... Read more

  • She’s a Dumb Blonde

    Photo above by J.S. Did you hear about the blonde who shot an arrow into the air? She missed. You’ve heard it before. A dumb blonde. It is one of the most well known long-standing punchline... Read more

  • People Complain Way Too Much.

    Picture by: mintchipsdesigns I hate complaining. Well, maybe not hate, but it is pretty annoying sometimes. It’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s too in between. One thing after another. It seems... Read more

  • Being “Attractive”: Appalling or Appealing?

    Featured image from Niky_filipova  Does anyone really receive benefits from being “good-looking”? What is being “Attractive”? The first question you might ask yourself is... Read more

  • Our Internet Footprint Effect

    Image Author; David Boozer Everday Addictions The definition of an Addiction strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble). Addiction is a... Read more

  • How Movies and Television are getting less creative

    Featured Image by Andrew E Weber   What movies have you seen in theaters recently? Were they new movies or remakes? If you look at the media now, it is all just the same. The same concept of... Read more


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About the Site & Your Teacher

The Site

This site is the homepage–the central hub–for all other pages related to classes I teach. It is organized by classes (English 10 and Pre-AP English) and by useful links (Quizzes, General Tutorials, and Our Blog). Under classes, you will find links to unit pages like Shakespeare’s Macbeth or The Literature of Hemingway. Be sure to check out our blog and leave a comment for my students on their latest posts.


My Blog

I maintain the blog Lights, Camera, Construction, a personal blog on topics that interest or inspire me, but primarily on film, photography, and DIY construction and remodeling.


What I’m Reading

I have been on the hunt for short stories that would appeal to high school students and that also feature villains (to update one of my English 10 units). This includes stories from Stephen King’s Night Shift, John Joseph Adams’ collections Improbable Tales of Sherlock Holmes, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and Robot Uprisings and a few other short story collections.


Your Teacher

I have been teaching at Elk River High School since 2009 and have taught English 9, English 10, and Pre-AP English 10 there. Outside teaching, I do wedding videography, photography and light construction/remodel and have worked as a landscaper for four years. My wife Amber and I have been married for seven years now and have two boys, Weston (4) and Sully (2), who are together the highlight of our lives!