Here’s a little bit about me: I was born February 27th, 1971 and grew up in Roy, Utah with three brothers. My brothers and I spent our summers riding bikes, playing kick the can, and tackling any sport that allowed us to play in the front yard. I graduated from Roy High School in 1989 and went directly to Weber State College. Six months later I landed a job with Toys ’R Us. I left school and spent the next 16 years with Toys ’R Us. I was promoted to store manager in 1999 and worked as a store manager until 2006, when I took a job managing the Dick’s Sporting Goods store at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City. I took great pride in my leadership and ability to staff a store with the right employees. But my one regret about my successful career was not finishing college.
It took me close to 20 years to admit to myself that I wanted to teach and needed to go back to school. My lovely wife Jenny took my hand in marriage the summer of 2000. Jenny has been my best friend and greatest supporter for over 20 years. Jenny has blessed us with two wonderful boys; Jack, age 14, and Charlie, age 10. In 2009, we made a family decision. I would leave my retail career behind to pursue a degree in elementary education.
While in school I also spent 2009-2010 as a long-term substitute teacher at a local junior high school, teaching English and Keyboarding. What was a one-week assignment turned into seven months! I loved teaching at a junior-high level and I still miss my students. I then spent the 2010-2011 school year working at an elementary school as the physical education teacher. Over the course of a week I would teach over 600 students, from kindergarten to the sixth grade.
I graduated from the University of Phoenix with honors in 2012. I loved teaching third grade during the 2012-2013 school year. Over the past five years I worked at Buffalo Point Elementary as a 5th grade teacher. I am looking forward to teaching another year of 5th grade here at West Clinton Elementary.