“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.”-George R.R. Martin
Following a south-central Michigan childhood, I attended Michigan State University and earned a B.S. in Finance. (Go Spartans!) After living and working throughout the state of Georgia as a commercial lender, I eventually migrated back to Michigan to study literature — ready to share a love of reading and writing in the realm of public education. In 1999, I was hired by Harbor Springs Public Schools to teach English and have been here ever since. I have a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and a Masters of Arts in Language and Literature, both from Central Michigan University. As well, I have a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. At my time in Harbor, I have coached track and field and football, as well as founded and facilitated the local chapter of our National Honor Society. I am a published author, a blessed husband and the proud father of two ambitious young sons.
I believe that every student has the potential to become an extraordinary contributor to this life but can only fulfill that destiny if high expectations are in place, teaching them to always be reaching, striving. They must be encouraged, supported and challenged and, if need be, called out on the mat whenever should they ever begin to settle for less.