A quality education is the most fundamental civil right for students.The goal of a quality education is for each student to achieve their maximum potential allowing them to make informed and intentional choices for post -secondary education and careers. Each student, all grades and ages, has unique learning and personal strengths and needs.
I have earned a B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education), M.Ed. (Master of Education in Education in Administration & Curriculum) and Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration & Curriculum). While these formal education programs have been of great value to me, professional development during my years as an educator kept me focused on research based, effective teaching practices. The most significant professional development activities for me follow. 1) Working with district teachers to assure all students were at reading grade level exiting third grade. Students must be proficient readers to succeed in all academic subjects. Students who are proficient readers are proficient writers and students who are proficient writers are proficient readers. 2) I worked with a nationally known mathematics consultant and district math teachers to design a curriculum and teaching strategies focused on all freshmen being ready for algebra I. We focused on preschool through grade 8 and a common math curriculum for all high school students. Students who read proficiently, write proficiently and do math proficiently are ready for academic success in all content areas and to make informed personal choices for higher education and careers. These students typically earn better grades, score better on standardized tests and meet or exceed benchmark scores on the ACT and SAT.
Listening to music, enjoying drama and dance and following collegiate and professional sports are among my personal interests. Traveling to visit our granddaughter, daughter and son-in-law and having them visit us are at the top of our priority list.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Kentucky University - Bachelor of Education, Music Teacher Education
Graduate Degree: Ohio University - Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Administration
* Music is essential in my life. My wife and I met through musical performance activities and our daughter’s name is Melody. * We are proud grandparents and seek to spend as much time as we can with our granddaughter, daughter and son-in-law. We have our granddaughter spend time off with us and travel to stay with her when her parents travel. * Our cat is a family member and adds much to our lives. * I continue to be an avid professional reader of education research and best practice publications. * My wife and I enjoy dramatic and dance productions via television and hopefully in the near future live productions. * I am an avid fan of college and professional basketball and football. I follow all major sports. * We look forward to returning to dining out frequently soon.
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School Writing
Middle School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization