Hometown: Madison, Ohio
Education: Bowling Green State University—B.S., Liberty University—M.S.
Current Position: Upper School Math, Head Coach Boys JV Basketball, Assistant Coach Varsity Volleyball
Year Appointed: 2012
What's one thing your students don't know about you?
I was a finalist in the Pass, Punt and Kick contest when I was 8 years old. Also, I played quarterback in high school.
I am motivated to help teenagers find their way in life. I think we teach both in and outside the classroom. I strongly believe that kids need to see positive adult role models and try to conduct myself that way all of the time.
My passion is to help kids feel good about learning and to make it relevant to what is going on in the world. I try to incorporate current events into math class, not an easy thing to do, but I am always on the lookout for current math stories.
What was your favorite book you read in school?
The Guns of Navarone is a novel about the Second World War by Scottish writer Alistair MacLean. I am still a big fan of World War II stories and movies.
Who most influenced your decision to teach?
My mom was an elementary teacher for 25 years. I always admired her ability to be able to teach kids to read.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
All 80’s all the time. Deb and I are going to a Journey concert this summer in Charlotte.
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead?
I think I would be an architect. I really enjoy looking at the design of buildings and how they relate to the environment.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out? What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
My favorite tradition disappeared and I am hoping it comes back next year. I really liked the spaghetti dinner, basketball night every year. It was great to see all of the families come out for the dinner and the games. We used to fill the gym, and I have been very sad that it has not been kept up. I had plans to incorporate the kids into a halftime event.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned?
My favorite part of teaching is making sure students are ready for the next chapter in their life. I really like working with seniors as they try to complete their high school career, and move onto a college. I believe that the thing they need to learn from me is how to listen, think, and apply what they are learning to real life. One has to be able to apply what they have learned to real life.