I believe everyone should choose their own path. My path has been winding with many up-hills and downs, but I did it my way (with a lot of help from the people around me). Career-wise, the first decade or so of my educational career was spent working with kids in “front of the desk” teaching predominantly math and social studies, the second decade was spent working “behind the desk” as a middle and high school administrator. Now after three incredible years in the classroom I find myself back in the Principal’s office of a wonderful K-8 school. Being in the classroom has given me such a new perspective that I believe this is something every administrator should do.
Over the past twenty years or so that I have been working in education, many things have changed. However, my belief that students and staff must feel appreciated and cared about before they will appreciate and care about learning and teaching, has not. I have taught a variety of ages, from middle school to college, and spent time as an administrator with elementary, middle, and high school students. I truly love education.
Middle school has been closest to my heart for most of my career, and I have served on a variety of state and regional boards, such as the New England League of Middle Schools, the Vermont Association of Middle Level Education, and the New Hampshire Association for Middle Level Education. I continue to be involved in a variety of middle level organizations, including presenting at conferences, and being the past-president of New Hampshire’s Association for Middle Level Education.
My interests and hobbies have changed much over the years, and while golf, guitar, skiing, biking, and camping still remain close to my heart, most of my free time is spent with my son, Tiernan, and my daughter, Olivia. My family is rounded out by my wonderful wife Colleen (a fantastic middle school teacher) and our dog, Charlie.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Take care.