- I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. After attending Finch Elementary School, Glover Middle School, and Shadle Park High School, I moved out of Spokane, away from mom and dad for the first time, and went to Provo, Utah, to attend Brigham Young University. After my first year at BYU, I left to serve a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil. My experiences there were incredible, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. I made some life-long friends and fell in love with the Portuguese language, the food, and the culture. I worked in large cities such as Brasilia (the country's capital), Goiania, and Cuiaba, and smaller towns like Sinop, Santo Antonio do Descoberto, and Rondonopolis. After the mission, I returned to BYU and finished my Bachelor's degree in History Teaching (Secondary Education). I had always loved history, and the opportunity to teach appealed to me as well. I got lucky enough to do my student teaching, and then my 1st full year of teaching, at Jordan High School. I really enjoyed it there, but after that first year,I came over to Riverton High School, where I currently teach. It was during this time that I met and married the love of my life, my wife Amy. We love life together and now have a baby boy who's tons of fun. You can see pictures of us in the "Steve and Amy" link on the left, and there are a bunch of pictures of our son, John, on my blog (which can be accessed at the bottom of this page).
- I have become known for the stories I tell to my classes - some are incredible, some are extraordinary, some are funny, some are unbelievable, and some are all of those things combined. But the great part is that all of the stories are true! Here's a list of some of the stories I tell:
*The Priest Lake Monster
*The Pteradactyl
*Lost Gold in the Canyon
*The Water Balloon
*The Kanab Ambersnail
*The Sinop Rat
*The Money Drawer
*The "Little" Problem in Japan
*The Golden Black Pearl
*The Car Wash
*The PetSmart Celebrity Encounter
*The Unlikely Bigfoot
*Bigfoot at No Name?
*Rondonopolis Mud River Adventure
*A Scot and His Kilt
*Harry's Heroics in Helena
*Fun in Statistics class at BSU

I should probably write something about my teaching, so here are the classes I teach:

US History (11th Grade)

- A review is given of topics such as Early Spanish Exploration , the arrival of the British , early Native American life , Colonial America, the Revolutionary War , the beginnings of the United States of America ,Lewis and Clark and American expansion and Manifest Destiny, the Alamo , the Mexican War & Texas , American slave life , antebellum America , and the Civil War. Students should have covered material through the Civil War in their 8th Grade US History classes, but a review is always helpful! After reviewing, students will delve into new material covering Reconstruction period, Big Business in the late 1800s, US Imperialism, World War I, the "Roaring '20s", the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, the JFK and Johnson Years, the Vietnam War, 1960s Counterculture, the Civil Rights movement, and events of the 1970s until today.

*For AP Students, the following websites may be very helpful:

The textbook's help site
The AP Student.com site
Online Test prep site

US Government (12th Grade)

- This class is a one semester course intended to heighten understanding of and appreciation for the system of government we live under. It is a relatively broad overview of our government divided into six main units, with each one containing various topics of study. The units are: *Background and Foundations of the Constitution; *The Creation and Components of the Constitution; *The Organization of our Government; *The Amendments to the Constitution; *Monumental Court Cases; and *Responsibilities of US Citizens.