I am grateful for both Matt and John and the example they share in their school communities and with their PLN’s. In talking with one of my colleagues who has been recently introduced to Twitter, she spoke excitedly about how her interactions have raised the bar for her and opened up a world of possibilities that she hadn’t previously known were possible. Matt and John have done the same for me. Administrators like them have helped redefine what a great “lead learner” is and what I aspire to be. They have raised the bar of what I believe to be possible as a leader. For that, and their help and encouragement, I am grateful.
My First Task – 11 Random Facts about Me
1. I definitely “married up.” My wife continually inspires me with her example of selflessness and generosity. She puts the needs of our family consistently above her own. She is also hilarious (as she’s fond of telling me and the kids) and a lot of fun.
2. I have four kids ages 9, 7, 4, & 2. They simultaneously bring me incredible joy and drive me incredibly crazy and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I will often tell people that if I didn’t like kids, I’ve really messed up my personal and professional life.
3. Like Matt, I have several years experience in Kindergarten and lived to tell the tale. I also spent a handful of years teaching middle school and loved it as well. I’ve now settled in the middle as the principal of a 4th/5th grade building.
4. I now live in Illinois, but grew up in Colorado. I am from a little town called Ft. Morgan in the part of Colorado that looks just like Nebraska (I don’t even ski). I love Illinois, (where we settled to be close to my wife’s family) but definitely miss my family and friends in Colorado (even though no mountains are visible from my hometown).
5. My first job after college was as a Catholic Campus Missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship Of Catholic University Students). I spent my first year before I started teaching leading Bible studies, mentoring college kids, and having an awesome time.
6. I love my Catholic faith. It defines who I try to be as a person and as an educator.
7. I considered being a music major at one time and love to sing and play the guitar. I am also a very rusty trumpet player.