Born in Texas but I grew up in Emporia, KS. I have both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Emporia State University. I have more than 70 credit hours of study beyond my Master’s program from a number of different colleges and universities including overseas studies.
My Master’s degree work is in the area of Special Education where I have broad training in a variety of exceptionalities. The State has granted me licensure in Special Education for students ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. My licensure in teaching English as a Second Language also runs from K to 12. The primary area of my teaching duties is as a Spanish Teacher, an area where I am a Highly Qualified teacher licensed to teach students in 5th through 12th grade. In addition to my teaching assignment at BHS I offer dual-credit courses for Allen Community College.
With so many credits in addition to my master’s degree it is clear that continued study is important to me. I enjoy attending conferences, workshops and other opportunities to advance my teacher qualifications. Some of the high points in my professional life include:
I started my career at a teaching assignment in the Kansas State Hospital & Training Center at Parsons, Kansas. I have had numerous other regular as well as Special Education teaching assignments both in the United States and overseas in mission schools in Latin America. Although I taught part time in USD 244 in the late 90’s, this year will mark my 18th year as a full-time Spanish teacher at BHS.
My wife and I have twice taken our family to live overseas and work as missionaries. First in Colombia and later in Panama. I have visited and worked for months in numerous other Spanish-speaking countries and this extensive firsthand knowledge of Hispanic language and culture translates into benefits in the classroom. Students in my classrooms hear lots of interesting first-hand stories of my experiences to enhance their learning opportunities.
My wife of over 30 years is Windy. She teaches first grade at Burlington Elementary School. We have four children. Our youngest son is a Student at ESU. Our family highly values education. And we come from a long line of teachers. Our oldest daughter is a professor at Emporia State University, the second is a middle school science teacher in Dodge City. Our oldest son is in graduate school at K-state.
Windy and I also have four dogs.
Some of my hobbies and activities include reading, bicycling, traveling, rooting for the BHS Wildcats, the ESU Hornets and the Kansas City Royals.