Teacher of the Year Gala

I took a couple of days off this week to to attend the gathering of fellow State Teacher of the Year honorees in Sacramento. I was humbled to be considered as a finalist along with such a truly remarkable group of educators. I thoroughly enjoyed the day that included a morning mini-conference, interactive luncheon, private tour of the capitol – including a visit to the governor’s office, and a stellar awards ceremony and dinner.

Minecraft has made me a much better teacher and learner. It has opened my eyes to both possibilities and realities over the years and continues to have a deep impact on how my students learn. I look forward to sharing more innovative and creative student work with you in the the coming weeks.

What Minecraft has taught me

  • Lesson planning is much more challenging and intriguing when you design experiences
  • Gameplay is a necessity
  • Everyone has untapped creative potential
  • Student feedback is critical
  • Cohesive teamwork can be elusive, but the payoff is worth the effort


  1. You are, BY FAR, one of the most inspiring yet humble educators I have ever known. I’m honored to have had the chance to learn along with you when we did our Master’s program together, and I am so pleased to call you friend and colleague. I count myself lucky to present with you and bounce ideas off each other. And I am so grateful for the very important work you’re doing with some very lucky young people in King City. Bless you always. I’m so proud of you.

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