"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella
Four words describe me: husband, father, learner, and teacher. It is within these roles that I exist and find my deepest fulfillment in life. I have been married for 14 years to Kathleen who is a Residence Director in a dormitory on the campus of Wheaton College in IL. We have spent our whole married life working and living with college students. Along with teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the Christian Formation and Ministry department on campus, I also home school my two boys, Christopher (13) and Benjamin (11). I have home schooled them since they were each in first grade. My vocational passion is as an educator and I spend my days adventuring with these students in my care. I find my greatest joy learning alongside others. In my spare time I enjoy making art and writing haiku.
For the past decade I have taught at Wheaton College. I serve as the Internship Coordinator as well as a part-time faculty member in the CFM department on campus. My professional interest and research is in the exploration of how one teaches for deep learning and life change. I am on a journey with my students to better understand and experience the use of educationally based spiritual formation. Dialogue Education has become the guiding approach to how I teach. I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. with an emphasis on Dialogue Education in the near future.
In 2011, my department read Jane Vella’s Taking Learning to Task as a part of a faculty enrichment grant. Through this experience together we invited Jane to campus in February of 2012. Jane gave us a two-day crash course in DE and it was then that I experienced “the death of the professor.” This led to my taking both the Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach course and Advanced Learning Design the summer of 2012 (as well as reading several more of Jane’s books). I then taught a fall semester graduate course using the system of Dialogue Education. This course was both an engagement with DE as well as an instructional course on how to teach using DE. I am currently in the process of re-designing my other courses. I will never teach the same after these experiences. In ten years of teaching at the collegiate level, I have never experienced the transfer within myself and among students like I did in this fall course. I watched not only programmatic elements of ministries change, but I saw lives changed as well. I am deeply committed to Dialogue Education. Jane’s axiom states my own personal commitment and vision, “The end is learning, the means is dialogue, the purpose is peace.”