About Me

Hi, I am Clay, the Wild-Eyed Teacher.

I am entering my 19th year as a professional educator. I taught at Gregory Middle School for two years and when Scullen opened in 2001, I was selected to be part of the opening staff. I’ve been at Scullen ever since. I’ve taught every grade level and every CORE content, except math.

Before becoming a middle school teacher, I had a career in the restaurant industry. I lived and worked in Houston, the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, Southern California, and the Chicagoland. What I enjoyed about the restaurant business was teaching my employees to be passionate about what they did to earn a living. It was a rewarding and challenging job, but not as rewarding as I have found teaching kids to be.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Houston as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. I am a life-long learner who is always learning, always asking questions, and always looking for ways to connect the content area and help kids learn. Along the way I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Aurora University.

I’ve been working on developing this space – Wild-Eyed Teacher – as  a teacher blog. It’s a space to write about the process of teaching.

Also, I decided in October 2017 to use the blog to post my newsletters and I went back and added the September Newsletters for science and history.

Look for updates and articles reflecting on the art of teaching 8th graders science and U. S. History.

It truly is an art, and a pleasure. Most days.