I was born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin. I am a lifelong fan of the Packers and the Badgers. I received my BS in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire in 1989. After several years skiing in the Rockies, a job opportunity brought me from Colorado to Minnesota. After spending years in the restaurant business, I decided to make a career change and went back to school to get my Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota.
I live in Minneapolis with my wife Melissa and our daughter Lily. We love our house by the city lakes and enjoy the opportunities for various outdoor experiences that they provide. I spend my free time playing the guitar, fishing, listening to live music, and following my favorite sports teams.
What do you like most about BA?
What I like most about BA is that it allows me to make strong, positive relationships with individual students due to the low student-teacher ratio. I also like that I have had most of the students for multiple years.
Why did you get into education?
I decided to get into education to help make a positive impact on the lives of children.
What teacher that you had made a big impact on your life and why?
Mr. Cooper, my high school civics teacher, made the biggest impact on my life when I look back at my time in school. He showed genuine interest in his students and the subject that he taught. He made class interesting and fun by using sarcasm and a sharp wit. He also instilled the importance of self-advocacy in each of his students.
What is your best advice for students at BA?
My best advice is to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Work hard in the classroom and on the ice. Advocate for yourself and make sure you are getting everything that you need to succeed.
What are your credentials and teaching experience?
I majored in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. I went on to get my Master’s of Education from the University of Minnesota. I taught middle school math and science for 13 years in the public school system. I am now entering my 8th year of teaching math at BA.