I have been teaching at Bishop Montgomery High School since August of 1992. I have always taught full time in the Religion Department. During Summer School I have taught Math Skills and Computer Applications. I find that Bishop is a great place to sink roots and grow.
Before I came to Bishop I worked as a Catholic Youth Minister in two San Diego parishes for a total of eight years. I was also a speaker at a San Diego Youth Day and at a Young Adult Charismatic Conference. I was also a leader of a Charismatic prayer group for just over two years.
I have both a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Philosophy from San Diego State University. I am certified to teach religion by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
There are a few basic beliefs that I bring into the classroom.
- The religion classes at Bishop Montgomery are the only classes that you cannot get at local public schools. These schools are good, but they do not teach the Faith. I make it my goal to make sure your child receives an excellent education in the Catholic Faith.
- I do not believe in the separation of Church and mind. God put us here to know him. Know him I will. We are commanded by Christ to love God with our whole mind. Compare Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Mark 12:29-30, Jesus added “mind” to the greatest commandment.
- We can not love something we don’t know. Loving anyone is deeper and more enduring if we grow in our knowledge of the person. Loving God is growing to know more and more the infinite love that God is.
- God is an infinite mystery. This does not mean that we cannot know God--then we would not know God is infinite or mystery. A mystery is something that can reveal more truth every time we meditate on it. God is inexhaustible: there is always more to know.
- Faith sees. Sin is blind. Too many people reverse this. Faith is our response to God. But faith is also and first off, God’s work in us to open our eyes so we can see how he is leading us. New Testament stories of healing a blind person are shaped as stories of faith and discipleship. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says faith is “by no means a blind impulse of the mind” (CCC #156).
To teach the faith accurately is to tackle a difficult task. There is always more to know. I am always learning and praying to pass on as faithfully as possible the Faith we hold so dear. Pray for me and for the students that we may all know and love God more each day.