I am the crazy teacher with some rebel teacher mixed in. I have a smidgen of forgetful teacher. & some tech addict thrown in. Occasionally, I’ll splash some O Captain! My Captain! into the mix when my students make wrong decisions. If you’re a teacher you get it. If you’re not…well, you won’t get it. I joke around a lot & have to be mindful not to say something funny during serious moments (staff meetings are a nightmare for me). I cut up a lot, but it is a facade. In reality, I take just about everything very serious. Do not mistake my jocularity for lack of passion or knowledge.
I served in the U.S. Army (1985 to 2006), retiring as a Sergeant First Class. I served 12 years as a special operations intelligence analyst and the rest as a strategic intelligence analyst. Additionally, I am certified as a linguist in German & Arabic. I am a Southwest Asia service veteran. After retirement, I received my BA in history/education and teaching certification in history, government, and geography in 2010. I am also highly qualified to teach economics.
In 2010 I started working at the Robertson County Alternative Program in Springfield, TN. I teach U.S. History and Geography, World History and Geography, Government / Economics, and Contemporary Issues. It is a very challenging position. It is not the job I thought I would have when I graduated. But it is the one I was meant to have.
I do not know what the future holds. I do not know if I will be at the same school after next year. But I love it. I hope to start my graduate degree in the next couple of years. I just have not decided what I want to study.
I have been married to my lovely wife since 1994. I have four children, three boys and one girl. Politically, I am a conservative libertarian. Religiously, I am a Christian.