I am currently studying towards a PhD in Education (Literacy) at Ball State University. My research focuses on the impact that dialogue has on reading comprehension. I am also an instructor of psychology at Highland Community College. It is my desire to continue teaching and working in nonprofit educational research.
I am also very passionate about working to improve that all students, no matter their background, are able to learn and be successful during their academic career and beyond.
Prior to my graduate studies I was a third grade teacher at an International Baccalaureate school in Colombia, South America. My first teaching experience was as a junior in high school where I was able to be a teachers assistant during part of my high school coursework. I remember the idea of how cool it would be to get paid to teach third grade.
My motivation for continuing my education belongs to my wife, Ayda Nichols, most recently a middle and high school Spanish teacher. She completed her bachelors in marketing and received her MBA in Human Resources. We have been married for just over 12 years. You can read more about her journey here.
I have three amazing daughters. Maria is currently studying at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotà, Colombia majoring in comunicación social y periodismo. She is also working on building a brand of urban accessories. Sara is in sixth grade and loves to read and write – she is attending writing camp this summer at Ball State University. Isabella is entering the fourth grade and also enjoys reading, but is also taking weekly drum lessons for the past several months.