Hello and Welcome
This is my 27th year with the Aberdeen School District. I began in 1992 as a Title I teacher working in reading instruction at Miller Junior High. I taught reading, English, drama, computer skills, keyboarding and media design in my 17 years in the classroom. I then became Dean of Students at Miller junior high for two years and moved into the role of Assistant Principal in 2008. I was then appointed to Principal of Stevens in 2017. I have also enjoyed coaching athletics. I have had the opportunity to coach basketball at the junior high and varsity golf at the high school and Grays Harbor College. I also coached cross country, track, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and flag football.
I was born and raised in Port Townsend, Washington, a town with many similarities to Aberdeen. Lumber, shipping and fishing once sustained the community. Port Townsend boasted a population near 100,000 at the turn of the century. As regulations and resources tightened, Port Townsend became primarily supported by one large paper mill owned by Crown Zellerbach. My dad worked for the paper miller through three owners for thirty-eight years.
My first two years of college I spent in Port Angeles at Peninsula College. A truly formative experience with inspiring instructors. Alice Derry, Robbie Mantooth, Jack Estes and Tim McNulty were among the people who solidified my passion for poetry and literature.
In 1985 I transferred to Western Washington University in Bellingham. There I studied British and American literature, poetry and technical writing. I was able to spend a year with Joan Didion as a writer in residence. I also spent several months as a supporting writer and editor with the Northwest Writing Project. I earned my Master's in Education in 1992 just before coming to Aberdeen. I also received professional certification from Seattle Pacific University and Pacfic Luthern University. Through nine years of college (1983-1992), I accumulated hundreds of college credits and course hours. I continue to accumulate clock hours and professional growth through universities and professional organizations.
In 1995 I married the love of my life. Twenty-four years later, we have two wonderful children. Our son attends Gonzaga University in Spokane and our daughter is a senior at Aberdeen High school. I am so proud to be their dad.
I have held dozens of jobs throughout my life and believe that a lifetime spent in the service of others in pursuit of a gentler world is a life well lived.