I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio as the eldest of four children. I was often left to care for my younger siblings as my parents both worked long hours. Some of my fondest childhood memories include reading to my sister and brothers as they developed their literacy skills. Like many teenagers fresh out of high school, I entered college searching for a career that would best fit my interests and untapped talents. After a few summers working as a lifeguard and swim instructor and winters as a middle school basketball coach, I decided that education was the right career path for me. In 1992 I attained a B.S. degree in Secondary Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and set out to find an opportunity to teach and coach at the high school level. After one year as a long-term substitute in a small school system in Ohio, I was eager to find employment “somewhere in the South.” I had come to dread the seemingly dreary, grey winters that characterize the northern part of this great country.
After a great deal of self-reflection, I accepted a teaching position at Pike County High School in Zebulon, Georgia where I taught U.S. history, world history, and economics while also serving as an assistant football coach and the head baseball coach. These initial teaching and coaching experiences led me toward an interest in the leadership aspect of education. Between 1998 and 2002 I attained master’s and specialist degrees in Educational Leadership. In addition to teaching and coaching, my experiences have afforded me opportunities to serve students, parents, and various communities in middle Georgia as an assistant principal, elementary principal, and high school principal at the school level; as a director of curriculum and instruction for grades K -12 at the district level; and as a director of professional learning at the regional level.
Professionally, I believe my greatest strengths lie in my ability to organize and plan for instructional and academic support for all teachers in all programs. In addition to my curriculum background, I am incredibly devoted to the notion that students are better able to perform academically and provide a positive contribution to their school when they are encouraged and confident in their ability to learn new concepts and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. All students can and will learn; it is the responsibility of the adults in their lives to foster a confidence in their own ability that will lead to academic and extra-curricular success. Consequently, I am extremely enthusiastic in my desire to represent a school that has a reputation for being culturally and academically diverse while also being devoted to the social and emotional growth of our students. It will truly be a great year at TMSA!
On a personal note, my family and I currently reside in Griffin, Georgia. My wife, Brooke, is a true “Georgia Peach” who attended the University of Georgia and is a Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Registered Radiology Technologist. She works for Atlanta Heart Associates in their Griffin office. Our only child is a precious girl who is currently a 3rd Grade student at Futral Road Elementary School. My family and I are thrilled to become new members of the TMSA family and community.