I grew up in Garnett, KS, a town very similar to Tonganoxie, just much further from the convenience of the big city! After high school, I attended Kansas State University and was a member of the track and field team.
I started my teaching career in 1998. I taught in the English department at Osage City High School here in Kansas. While at OCHS I directed the school play and coached football, basketball, and track and field. I also spent the spring of 2001 coaching track and field at Ottawa University.
In 2001, I enrolled in graduate school at Emporia State University. While working as a graduate assistant I earned a Master's degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. I also became a nationally certified athletic trainer (AT).
After working for a few years in a physical therapy clinic, and Haskell Indian Nations University, as an AT, my family moved to Tonganoxie. I have worked as the athletic trainer for USD 464 since 2005. In 2007, I returned to the classroom and took over the "at-risk" program. Since joining the faculty at THS I have taught Care of Athletes, Emergency Medical Response, English 10, and helped begin the Tonganoxie Learning Center (TLC).
I am an approved clinical instructor for the athletic training educational program at the University of Kansas. This gives KU students the opportunity to gain exposure to athletic training in the secondary school setting as well as gain some hands-on experience.
My family and I live in Tonganoxie. My wife teaches at the middle school, and we have two daughters. Thankfully, they enjoy athletics; otherwise I might not see them during the school year!
1 - TLC
2 - TLC
3 - TLC
4 - TLC
5 - TLC
6 - TLC
7 - TLC
8 - CPR/EMR (Fall) / Care of Athletes (Spring)