My name is Trevor and I believe every student is a dynamic character with a potential for greatness. And I believe educators hold the key to unlocking that potential by building relationships and crafting learning experiences that are engaging and transformative.
That's why I teach students with project based learning. It’s why I give keynotes, workshops, and write about my work in the classroom and how effective authentic education can be. It’s the reason I presented a TED talk at Tedx San Antonio called "School Should Take Place in the Real World," and write for publications like EdWeek, The Huffington Post, and WeAreTeachers.
It’s why I run the Facebook page The Epic Classroom, and get to connect with millions of other like-minded educators from all walks of life.
I believe in students, I believe in teachers, and I believe in what school has the potential of being.
Of course unlocking that potential takes some creativity. But I’ve got very good news: Teaching is a creative profession.
I started off teaching in a New Tech Project Based Learning school and then shifted to a more “traditional” setting to see PBL grow there. Aside from writing, speaking, and creating, I also teach at Grand Valley State University.
My beautiful bride is named Alli and we have a boy named Jack and little princess named Piper. Their favorite activities including telling stories and riding our golden retriever Zeke.
Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with teachers and other educators at schools and conferences around the world. From keynoting the Design Expedition in Eindhoven, Netherlands, workshopping with PHD professors in Bogota, Colombia, sharing with Future Professionals in Paul Mitchell Schools, to helping a school in West Lyons, Iowa explore project based learning, I get to help educators make learning come alive and be memorable for students.