Degrees and Certifications:
Queens University of Charlotte: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (K-6) Queens University of Charlotte: Master of Education in Instructional Technology (K-12) Licensed Health and Pe (K-12)
Welcome! My name is Jake Balmas and I am a first year teacher at Hickory Ridge. I am going to be teaching the Sensory and Mindfulness Encore class this year. I am licensed in K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Health and Physical Education. This class creates a unique opportunity for me to combine these two areas together.
My favorite hobby is coaching wrestling. I wrestled through my undergrad and grad school years at Queens, so I enjoy giving back to the sport in my free time. This is also what sparked my interest in teaching, which is one of the main reasons I am in the position I am today! I am looking forward to working with everyone this year!