M. Ed. University of Montana
B.S. Education - Montana State University, Havre
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. - Frank A. Clark
Where did you grow up? I grew up in a small town in Oregon. Scio was the name and the population was 465 residents. In fact, my graduating class had only 42 students. The Willamette Valley is very agricultural and quite beautiful. Scio is about 35 miles from Salem, Oregon.
Tell us about your family. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have known each other since the 3rd grade. We have been married 21 years and have two children one in high school and the other in junior high.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. I once worked as a Safety Diver for Kona Reef Divers and logged in over 250+ scuba dives while I lived in Hawaii.
Briefly describe your work experience. My entire professional career has been working with students. I began my journey working with adolescents in a junior high school setting as a physical education teacher. From this rich experience I went on to obtain my Master Degree in Education Leadership. After becoming an administrator I began working with students that possessed the need for more guidance and clearer direction.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?Since we have a week I would pick 7 different spots with my family. I have no doubts we would pick 7 exciting spots we haven't traveled to. Of course, we might need a time machine.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I enjoy camping with my family and friends. Whitewater rafting is a favorite, along with golf, woodworking and tinkering with projects on our home.
What draws you most to this type of work? Re-tooling is hard work. It is rewarding to watch young adults transform new methods and new skills into healthy lifestyles and productive outcomes.