I am very pleased and thankful to be a Las Trampas Seahorse.
According to the World Register of Marine Species, there are 53
species of seahorses. One objective-of many-this summer will be to
gain classification as the 54th species-the fastest species.
Seahorses in the wild are not very fast. However, they are very
maneuverable-and are able to move up, down, forward, and backward.
Other objectives for all LT seahorses include: move up the league
top time rankings; down the pool faster than our competition;
forward (and toward) each wall with increased speed; and back(ward)
toward the finish ahead of the clock (a popped time).
I have coached competitive swimming for twenty years
(recreation, USS, high school, and masters), and am confident that
I will achieve the goals I've established for myself this 2014
season. These include, but are not limited to, the establishment of
an environment in which everyone views themself (and each other) as
successful; enjoys being part of practice, and misses practice when
not present; and experiences improvements in stroke mechanics,
racing skills, time standards, and overall rank.
I have worked with children/young adults as a basketball coach
& camp counselor (St. Stephens Parish), general education
teacher (full-time substitute MDUSD K-5), special education teacher
(mild/moderate learning disabilities K-5, moderate program middle
school, severely/emotionally disturbed 6-12), adult education
teacher (GED, High School Diploma, Conversational English &
Algebra), ESL instructor (Republic of Yemen), and as an instructor
for the American Red Cross (CPR & First Aid).
As a competitive swimmer I swam ten years with the Walnut Creek
Aquabears where I was a Junior National qualifier. I also was a NCS
finalist (top 16) for one year (PHHS), a top eight finalst for two
years (YVHS), a state semi-finalist for two years (DVC), and a NCAA
Division 2 qualifier (CSU-Chico).
I am currently employed with the Mt. Diablo Unified School
District as a teacher of a moderate special education class (grades
6-8). The ability to organize and prioritize information, and to
make meaningful social connections is a challenge for many of my
students. I was born in Preston, England, have traveled in thirty
countries, collect stamps, and am married and have two daughters
and a stepson.