Mr. Wheaton

Email: jwheaton@mpsaz.org
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 ChinaHonors 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.  


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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.