I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and after graduating high school, enlisted in the U.S. Army to be a diesel mechanic. After serving as a mechanic in an artillery battery assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley for four years, I was transferred to Fort Lewis, Washington where I served as the motor sergeant of an infantry company in the 9th Infantry Division. After two years at Fort Lewis, I was selected to be an Army recruiter in Derby, Kansas. Following my time in recruiting, my enlistment was up and I remained in Kansas and decided to become a teacher. I attended Cowley County Community College and Newman University, where I graduated with a degree in social studies education.
I am very fortunate to have spent my entire career as an educator in the Goddard school system. My first job was teaching 7th grade social studies at Goddard Middle School. I have also taught 7th and 8th grade technology at GMS and at Eisenhower Middle School. After teaching, I was the assistant principal and athletic director at GMS for 8 years. In January 2013, I became principal of Goddard Academy.
I have been married to my wife Danielle for 31 years. Danielle began her professional career as a math teacher and was also an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in a neighboring district. She currently works at Wichita State University as an advisor with the Teacher Apprenticeship Program. We have two daughters who both graduated from Goddard High School and have since gone into what we call the, “Family business”, teaching. Katie is an English teacher at Goddard Middle School and Michelle is a 4th grade teacher in the Blue Valley School District. We also have two dogs and two cats.
In my spare time, I enjoy working on cars and I follow the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. Since my wife and I are now the only ones in the house, we plan to start travelling during the summers. I would also love to take my family to a see a Steeler game in Pittsburgh.