Hometown: Orlando, FL
Education: St. Andrews University -B.A.; Fayetteville State University -M.A.
Year Appointed: 2006
Current Position: Faculty - Upper School Math; Math Department Head; Director of Summer Programs; Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach
I have, but the plan wasn’t always to be a teacher. I fell in love with math because of my high school math teacher, Bob Restivo. He was a great teacher, mentor, and friend. When I teach, I try to teach like him. However, my original plan was to be an actuary, not a teacher. In college I majored in mathematics and religious studies. I lived in the Tyrolean Alps in Italy for a year as part of my religious studies and focused on iconography. I took classes from Ezra Pound’s daughter and grandson. It was really inspiring and one of the reasons I chose to go to seminary school.
Yes, seminary school. After graduating from St. Andrews I attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. I was about a year away from ordination and decided I didn’t want to be ordained. After that I went back to St. Andrews to help with the lacrosse program and taught a couple of math classes as well.
Tell me more about your lacrosse background.
I started playing lacrosse when I was in middle school. I was recruited by St. Andrews to play lacrosse out of high school. My senior year in college we made the final four and were the smallest school in history to make the NCAA tournament. I was team captain that year and made all-conference and all-tournament. When I went back to St. Andrews after seminary school I coached the women’s lacrosse team for a year before moving to Roanoke.
What made you move to Roanoke?
My wife, Lisa, and I had recently been married and she got a job offer with Carilion. We, literally, honeymooned in Roanoke to find a place to live. We found some land in Hardy near Smith Mountain Lake and decided that would be our home. I knew I needed to find a job so I cold called North Cross and spoke with Tim Seeley. It just so happened that the school was looking for an upper school math teacher and a lacrosse coach. Two days later I interviewed with Paul Stellato and was offered the job.
Do you prefer teaching and coaching in high school over college?
I really do. It’s amazing to see how much a student can grow between 9th and 12th grade. One of the great things about working here is that I teach a lot of the same kids at multiple levels so I feel like I really get to know my students. I also like teaching high school students because I feel like I still have a chance to make an impact on them and help them make a difference.
What do you enjoy most about working at North Cross?
There is core group of faculty and staff, not only in the upper school, but all over campus that I adore and love working with. I couldn’t do my job without the support of my coworkers in the upper school, especially my mentor Richard Cook; Chris Pollock on the lacrosse field; and the teachers like Robert Robillard, Dawn Hollandsworth, and Emily Brown that do so much for summer programs. I love that we are a small community and I get to know everyone around me and there is a great balance between professionalism and fun. I also love working where my daughters are; Samantha ’28 is currently in ECP 2, and my daughter Madelyn will be starting in the fall of 2016. I love North Cross and hope to stay here forever.