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Hi I'm Craig

I grew up in New Jersey. I teach high school TV Productions and Photojournalism. I have 3 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in New Jersey and went to BYU where I studied Technology Teacher Education. I met my wife there (she's from Seattle). We had both served missions before we met (she in Japan, and I in Spain.) After graduating, we moved to Virginia and I have been teaching high school tech ed ever since. Currently I teach TV Productions and Photojournalism. Basically I teach all aspects of movie making and publishing: cameras, lights, sound, music, editing, writing, layout, etc. It's a lot of fun. Since my class is an elective, most of my students are excited about learning and want to be there. It's really satisfying to me to help them learn. My wife and I have been married 7 years. We have 4 kids. Our oldest is in first grade. Even though we're exhausted most of the time, we love being parents and we really get a kick out of watching our kids grow up. We bought a house in 2008 (a foreclosure) and have spent a lot of time fixing it up. I guess that's how I spend most of my free time. So far we've remodeled a bathroom, the basement, and our bedroom. We're saving up to tackle the kitchen next. We also bought a condo recently and fixed it up as an investment.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the Church since I was born, the choice to be a member has always been mine. My mom has been a faithful member since she joined the Church in her 20's, but my dad is not a member, and even though he is supportive of our faith, he would never have allowed me to be forced into going to church. As a young child, I was baptized because that's what everyone else my age was doing, but somewhere along the way things changed. As a high school student I began to really question things and look for answers. I felt a desire to know if I was really on the right path. I found that the more I questioned, the more clear things became. The more I understood, the more desire I had to live my life the right way. I spent two years in Spain as a missionary teaching people about my beliefs and about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I remember one woman I taught whose life completely changed as she went from being Atheist to accepting the Savior. Seeing that contrast further strengthened my conviction. Best of all, being a father gives me the greatest opportunity to teach my kids about the Gospel and to raise them to live their lives right. It is such a blessing to know that our family is not just "'til death do you part", but that we can be together for eternity.

How I live my faith

I'm one of the volunteer leaders in our congregation. I teach an adult class some Sundays. I also help some of the members with individual family needs, personal needs, financial counsel, and aid to the poor. The Church has a phenomenal system for helping those in need (whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual.) I really like being a part of that and helping out where I can. I also help organize a system where members of our congregation visit each other each month to offer service and support. The greatest thing about my faith is the way it applies to my own family. It is so nice to be able to raise my family with an understanding of the things that really matter and the values that we really cherish. I've seen a lot of people wandering through life with no goals or direction, and it is nice to know that my family has a foundation that is rock solid - the Gospel.