Dear Families: It is my pleasure to be a third and fourth grade teacher here at Tongass School of Arts and Science for the last five years. I have been an educator here for ten years. My wife, Tory, and I have three beautiful children who are all students here at TSAS. We have had a very exciting adventure as parents, and every day is a wonderful experience. Our family loves to hike, kayak, rock climb, and spend time in the outdoors. Our children have been an extension of what we love, and we include them in almost every activity that we can. We have always desired for our family life to never slow us down, just enrich our lives. I have lived most of my life in Northern Alaska, and graduated from the small village of Unalakleet. My father was a teacher and school psychologist, and opened up a lot of wonderful experiences in my educational life. After High School graduation, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where I became a third generation Marine. After four years, I pursued my educational career, receiving my Bachelors and Masters of Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast. Right after I received my teaching degree, my wife and I applied for teaching positions back in Northern Alaska, where we spent four years teaching in Gambell and White Mountain. We have been back in Ketchikan the last seven years and consider Ketchikan to be our home. I am very excited for this upcoming school year and I look forward to the new discoveries and possibilities that will evolve over this year!
In 2012, I graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast, with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and a Minor in Business Administration. In my senior year, I served as the President of the UAS Ketchikan Alpha Rho Beta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. I completed the Alaska Teacher Preparation Program for Elementary Education in 2014. I have been married to my best friend, David Rauwolf, for 18 years now. I was 20 years old when we met! We have been together for over half my life and we still laugh and make each other happy every day. We have three children. Our oldest son, Patrick, graduated from Kayhi last year and now attends Cal Maritime in Vallejo, California. My daughter, Erika, is a senior at Kayhi, and my son Luke is a freshman at Kayhi. I know it’s a cliche, but they really do grow up FAST! Being a mom has been one of the greatest joys of my life! During the 2014-2015 school year, I was privileged to teach a combined 3rd and 4th grade class at Holy Name Catholic School. I loved my classroom and students at Holy Name, but I made a change and decided to work at Tongass School of Arts and Sciences. This is my 5th year teaching a combined 3rd and 4th grade class at TSAS. I am fortunate to have a great team teaching partner - Clint Shultz. We work together every day and we have a lot of fun helping our students learn & grow. I love the art and profession of teaching and I believe that students need to have dedicated and inspiring teachers. I love, love, love being in the classroom with students! I enjoy the energy, the questions, and the smiles!! I believe that young people need a strong support system – people who will provide guidance, understanding, and care. I strive to be one of these caring adults for your kiddo! Here is a short list of some of my favorites, in no particular order: my family, dark chocolate, mosaics, chamomile tea, red and turquoise together, orcas, roller skating, swimming, my Camaro, watermelon, boats, big earrings, seafood, the beach and WAVES, ice cream, reading, hardy houseplants, original colorful art, LIFE – as in STAYING ALIVE, and… humorous stuff!