I was born by the beach in San Diego, California, and grew up mostly in the ocean doing any activity we could survive. Most of my adult life has been spent living west of the Missouri. After high school in South Dakota, I served many years overseas in the U.S. Navy, and then returned to the U.S. to leave the service and attend college. I was lucky enough to find the University of Montana, in beautiful Missoula, where I received my degree in Elementary Education in 1999. Go Grizzlies!
Unfortunately, after graduation my extensive technology experience sidetracked me into the exciting world of Internet start-ups and big corporations for over a decade. While I enjoyed my time helping develop the programs that are commonplace today, I always wanted to return to education where most of my family has spent their life working.
I took the chance to return to public education when it presented itself in 2010, and spent three years at Lincoln Southeast High School as a Tech Interventionist helping staff and students to learn what was then the new Google Apps, as well as all other manner of technology and programs. Being a Knight was a great experience for me, but I had to return to my Elementary Education roots.
In 2013, I was given the awesome opportunity to bring Computer Science to Lakeview Elementary as an everyday class. My first year was a significant growing experience as I learned to adapt teaching Computer Science to grades K-5. Every year since, LPS has made great strides in creating a fully formed CS curriculum, and now is an award winning model to other districts around the nation for K-5 CS education. Getting the chance to make new and successful Coders every year has been very fulfilling. Students need to be prepared for a future that will be fully digital in almost every way.
I live in southwest Lincoln with my wife Dodie and our daughter Emerson. We enjoy all that Lincoln has to offer including great schools, Husker and Silverhawk sports, an amazing youth theater community, and events at Pinnacle Bank Arena. We love spending time outside at Pioneers Park, getting Barcelonas from Cultiva, lounging in the pool, or walking on the Jamaica trail.