Joel thinks he was introduced to Gib Binnington and “Disrupting the Disruptor” in 2002 while teaching Technology Education at Olympic Middle School in Auburn, WA. Although the circumstances are still unclear, Joel became reacquainted with Gib in late 2014 and hatched the idea of reviving Gib’s workshops in 2015.
While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Joel earned a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Black Hills State University in 1991 and his M.Ed. from South Dakota State University in 1995. He then studied Religious Education for a year at Idaho State University. Seeing that his “disruptive” nature would not be appreciated by other religious educators, he moved back to his native Puyallup, WA in 1996 to pursue his original dream of becoming a shop teacher and track coach. He completed the Teacher Certification program at Saint Martin’s College and began his teaching career at Olympic Middle School in Auburn.
Joel completed his K-12 Principal Certification in 2003 and eventually landed in the Kent School District, serving as Dean of Students of the newly opened Kent Phoenix Academy. Following a year of exile in Eastern Washington, Joel returned to Kent as a teacher and manager in the Transition Program at Kent Mountain View Academy, a 9-12 Alternative Learning Experience program, where he has been disrupting since 2010.
Joel is married, has four children, and three grandchildren. So far.
Mandy is the Art teacher at Kent Mountain View Academy, a working artist, and ‘work daughter’ of Joel. She earned her under grad degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2008. Took her first teaching position in the Donovan, Illinois School District in 2009. Then accepted her current position in the Kent, Washington School District in 2013. She is the creator of an abstract I-beam sculpture which is currently on display in Charleston, Illinois and was recently part of a very exciting fibers art show in Champaign, Illinois. She is currently a “Jack of all Trades” at KMVA, teaching two sections of high school art, two sections of middle school art, photography/yearbook/journalism, leadership and survival skills. She just completed her M.A. and plans to eventually earn her PhD. Although Mandy grew up in Illinois (the ‘s’ is silent, tupid) as a Bears fan, she has adapted to the Pacific Northwest by participating in Seahawks Friday’s.
Mandy is married and has one adorable daughter. So far.