Phone: 480 - 472 - 9506
Hello! My name is Joseph Wheaton and I'm excited to be teaching AP Government, Government, and Academic Decathlon this year at Skyline. I am from the North Woods of Maine. I recently married my beautiful and loving wife Brianna in May, 2014. I have a beautiful baby girl, Abigail, born December 1, 2015. I have two awesome and well behaved dogs that love to go camping. The following is a brief description of my educational and professional experiences.
I graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with bachelor's degrees in Political Science and History. I graduated Summa Cum Laude for both. I also graduated from Barrett Honors College with an emphasis in creative writing and a thesis titled "War and Detachment: A Ranger's Tale". During this undergraduate experience I studied abroad in France and China. I began law school at ASU in August of 2011. I worked for the Honorable Judge Warren Granville in the summer of 2012. I also worked with the Gang Bureau at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office as a Rule 38 certified attorney. I graduated with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence in May of 2014 and I am a member of the Arizona State Bar in good standing. In the summer of 2014 I began my education training with Teach For America. I completed a Master of Education program through ASU in May of 2016. It is my goal as an educator to bolster student achievement by providing an interactive and engaging learning environment.
I joined the United States Army shortly after 9/11/2001. I made it through a gauntlet of schools and selections to serve five and a half years with 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. I started out as a door kicking grenadier and machine gunner. I took my first Team Leader (SGT) position with our Recon Section. Finally, I took a Squad Leader (SSG) position with the Sniper Section where I took charge of three sniper teams. I deployed to Afghanistan four times and Iraq twice. Currently, in my spare time, I practice law in the area of wills, trusts, and estates.
I have an Advanced Open Water Dive license. Some of my dive trips include The Great Blue Hole in Belize and The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. I am U.S. keel boat certified. I've jumped out of numerous airplanes and helicopters. I've done the tallest bungee jump in the southern hemisphere. I ride a Harley. I love blues, jazz, and picking apart "survival" shows. I'm passionate about the sport of Olympic style weightlifting. I want to experience all that life has to offer while I am fortunate to be well enough to do so.