I have been a teacher for 19 years: 14 at Central High School in Keller, TX, 4 at Richland High School, and 1 at North Richland Middle School. I currently teach AP Government, AP Economics, Dual Credit US History and occasionally AP Comparative Government. I have also been a reader for the AP Government exam for ten years, a grader for IB Economics extended essays for 3 years, and I teach Personal Finance through the KISD Virtual Learning Program. I am married to a wonderful wife, Gail, and we have 2 children, Logan and Kate.
It should be noted that I have always wanted to be a teacher. Over a 47 year period, however, I have been a Marine, caterer, cook, custodian, substitute teacher, insurance salesman, ranch hand, aircraft mechanic, clothing salesman, stock boy for Victoria's Secret and QuikTrip, lawn mower and Sylvan tutor. While all of these jobs were interesting, my focus has always been on teaching. I do this job by choice, not because I have too or because I have no other choice. I also enjoy reading and cooking in my spare time, play soccer and have been a life long runner (and now biker). I have run 3 marathons, 5 Fort Worth Mud Runs, and 1 Spartan Beast.
I attended Drury College in Springfield, MO earning a Bachelors degree in History in 1994. In 2005, I earned my Masters in History at the University of Texas at Arlington. I also served in the Marine Corps Reserve, VMGR-234 as a C-130 aircraft mechanic and was activated in 2003 to fight the war on terror.
Finally, I went to Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, OK where I graduated 18th out of a class of 300+ in 1990. I ran Cross Country for three years earning a letter my senior year, along with a letter for academics. I also earned my Eagle Scout award in 1986 with Troop 26 of Tulsa. I held a fundraising garage sale for the homeless day shelter along with a day of volunteer work as my Eagle Scout project.