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    About Mr. Holdcraft

    Welcome to STEAM & Technical Theatre!
                 
    I am very proud to be a part of the amazing faculty and staff at Aprende Middle School! I have been a part of the Aprende family for the past 7 years and am looking forward to another great year.
     
    I was born and raised in Northwest Indiana about 45 minutes from downtown Chicago (HUGE Cubs and Bears fan!). I enlisted in the U.S. Army during my Junior year of high school and was trained as a linguist for the Army Rangers. I left the Army and eventually found my way to Arizona State University (Go Devils!) where I got a Bachelor of Science in technical Graphic Design (Web Design and Programming). After spending a few years designing and programming e-Learning and online curriculum, I decided it was time to take my passion for education and instruction to the classroom. I received my Master of Secondary Education in 2011 and absolutely love being in the classroom.
     
    I'm a huge fan of Sci-fi, Comics, and Video Games. I have been a Star Wars fan since the original movie came out in 1977 (I actually remember sitting on my mom's lap in the theater when it was released!) Since then, I have read every comic and novel that's part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (geek!). I have also started a collection of retro video game consoles including an original Pong console from 1975, Atari 2600, and many more.
     
    Currently, I live in Ahwatukee with my wife, Amy who is a Sr. Systems Engineer for NorthrupGrumman, and my little ones, Jak-jak who is in 7th grade here at Aprende and Elliana who is a Freshman at Mountain Pointe. I also have two older daughters Chelsea (27) and Lexi (25). Chelsea and my grandson Coleson are currently living in Indiana. Lexi is also currently in Indiana and does some amazing work as a Cosmetologist.