Masters Degree: Masters of Arts in Organizational Management; University of Phoenix; Graduated Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA); Graduated May 1996
Masters Degree: Masters of Arts in Special Education – Generalist K-12; Teaching Certificate (License); Metropolitan State College of Denver; Graduated May 2012
Bachelor of Arts: Economics; Colorado State University (Fort Collins); Graduated December 1987
• Colorado Department of Education
• Special Education Generalist K-12
• Career Technology Education
• Certified/Trained AVID Elective Teacher
Life Outside Thomas Jefferson High School
I am truly living my dream and having a ball, as I get ready to teach my 10th year at TJ. For the past four years, I have been teaching AAA-109 (Advanced Academic Achievement) where students who pass my class with a C or higher can earn 5 high school credits, along with 3 college credits for $free! I will also continue teaching ‘Introduction to AVID’ (9th grade) and 10th grade AVID as well. ‘AVID’ stands for the Advancement via Individual Determination. Its mission is dedicated to closing the achievement gap (or as I call it the ‘opportunity gap’) by preparing ALL students for college and other post-secondary opportunities: http://www.avid.org/what-is-avid.ashx.
Prior to teaching, I worked in corporate America for 20+ years, including IBM, Anthem of Colorado, Chase Bank, and National Jewish Health. In May 2012, I earned my second Masters Degree for my teaching certificate in Special Education from Metro State College of Denver. Prior to that, I earned my B.A. degree in Economics from Colorado State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA) from the University of Phoenix with my first Masters Degree; M.A. Degree in Organizational Management.
In 2014, my wife and I added a new baby girl ‘Kiana Drew Perry’ to our family. We both have been very busy taking care of a toddler and I cannot fathom how big she is now at a whopping 5 years of age. In my spare time, my wife and I enjoy working out, travelling and some of the great outdoor activities that Colorado offers. In the summer, we love to travel to California, where we own several vacation homes. In California, we love to just hang out, work on the homes and decompress from the busy school year. We also enjoy cheering on our favorite sports teams: CSU Rams, Cal-Poly Mustangs, the Broncos, the Nuggets, the Rockies, and yes the Av’s as well. We also love date nights which normally means dinner and a movie, sporting event, or any performance at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
I am looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year, working with each of my students and TJ faculty. Go Spartans!
“At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all the problems of the world – come to a single word. That word is “education…” LB.Johnson
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