I grew up in western Pennsylvania where I attended 2 years of Engineering school at the University of Pittsburgh. In my second year, a mentor and friend helped me to realize that I would not be fulfilled with a career in engineering. I still had a love for science but knew that I wanted a career in which I could mentor young people. I then transferred to Slippery Rock University (Yes… That’s REALLY what it’s called!) where I majored in Physics and Mathematics with the intention of moving into education.
During my college days, I worked full time AND played Division 2 Rugby. I finished my Physics and Math degrees and then stayed for my Masters of Education in Secondary Education with a focus in Mathematics and Science Instruction. After my internship year, I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I taught for 6 years and played for the Fort Lauderdale Knights rugby club. During this time I met my future wife who was going to school for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Together, we decided to move away from the rat-race of south Florida and escape to the serenity of the mountains in Colorado.
After a year of being in Denver Public Schools, I found that I wished I had the ability to make a broader impact on student success, and it was for this reason that I entered the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Denver to gain my Principal License. I was lucky enough to land here in Nighthawk Nation for my first principal position and I have to say, it’s been amazing! We have the greatest kids and community in DPS!