This is a picture of me when I was in Junior High. Funny isn't it? It wasn't called middle school back then. I attended Prior Junior High School in Fort Walton Beach Florida. We were the Pirates. I grew up a beach bum and have great memories of sailing, swimming, walking the beach and even trying to surf on the small waves that would sometimes come into the Gulf of Mexico. My high school, Choctawhatchee High School, had this great program for seniors. Mid term if you had all of your credits to graduate you could leave the building each day at 1:00 pm rather than the regular 3:00 pm. I spent many days just hanging out at the beach. While I was in high school I also started to ride bicycles, hike, rock climb and get involved in lots of outdoor related activities. I spent a summer in Yellowstone National Park as a volunteer with an organization called the Student Conservation Association and decided at that time that I would like to study some kind of natural science when I went to university.
I graduated high school in 1983 and attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama from 1983 to 1988. Each summer I would pack up and head out to the great outdoors. My first summer was spent working on the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail in Vermont with a group called The Green Mountain Club. Each summer after that I was leading mountain biking, hiking and climbing trips for a summer camp in North Carolina called Falling Creek Camp. I graduated with a B. S. degree in wildlife biology and spent the next two years leading adventure trips for a small company in Michigan. Through all this, I began to realize how much I enjoyed teaching others, so I pursued a degree in education through Indiana University's teacher certification program. I graduated from IU in 1993 and began working at Clay Junior High, now Clay Middle School, that same year. This is now my twenty first year of teaching science in the Carmel Clay School system and I have loved every minute of it. I could not think of a better job. I get paid to hang out with great young people, blow things up, set things on fire and make the world of science come alive. Wow! Thanks.
Why Carmel? Well my wife is a Carmel kid. In fact she even attended Clay Junior High and had some of the same teachers that I now teach with. What a small world. My wife's name is Julie and we live here in Carmel with our two dogs Sadie and Maggie. Until recently we had three but lost our seventeen year old Digger at the begining of this summer. She was a great dog and can be seen in some of the pictures if you click below. She is the small one. Besides spending time with our dogs I enjoy spending my time with family and friends, traveling, sports, and indulging my creative side with all kinds of art work.
I hope this gives you a bit of insight into my life and some of the experiences that I will bring into the classroom each day.