Education and experience
I served in the United States Army from 1994 until 1997. I hold an associate’s degree in applied science from Maple Woods Community College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Park University. I also have certifications in special, generalist and physical education, among others. I began my teaching career in 2008 at The St. Anthony School. Over the years, I’ve taught a variety of grades and subjects. My primary focus has been on middle school mathematics and streamlining the math curriculum. Beginning in the 2016–2017 school year, I assumed additional director-level responsibilities that include staff and student scheduling, organizing after school clubs and school-wide fundraisers, and maintaining our classroom management software.
What is your favorite thing about teaching at The St. Anthony School?
We are provided an opportunity to not only meet every student’s individual academic and therapeutic needs, but we also assume the awesome responsibility of giving them hope and purpose and changing their lives forever. We connect with who they are as people. We work tirelessly to know what makes them laugh, moan and groan, and how hard we can test them academically. We establish respect and character and we allow them to see us for who we are as friends, parents, coaches, counselors and teachers.
What is your most memorable moment since you've been at The St. Anthony School?
Every year at graduation, we are afforded an opportunity to step back and congratulate our graduating seniors. This seems straightforward enough, but at The St. Anthony School, graduation is more than just a ceremony; it’s an opportunity for the entire school to reflect back on years of academic and therapeutic support. Every year, we congratulate a senior whom we may have known for not only his or her high school career, but very possibly their elementary or middle school years as well. This is important because the bonds that are formed with the students carry over to the parents. Together as one, we celebrate their journey and the successes they’ve discovered leading to their graduation.
What is the one thing you want every parent to know about this school?
Just how amazing it will be for them as a parent when they pick their child up from school and they are smiling, talking about the friendships they made, and how they are looking forward to coming to school every day.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Outside of teaching, I also enjoy exercising, going to and watching sporting events, watching movies, reading, bowling and traveling.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Achiever, futuristic, strategic