I’m a native Idahoan. I’ve spent my entire life living in the Treasure Valley, growing up in the farmlands of Homedale before moving to the “big city” of Nampa. I attended Northwest Nazarene University for all of my college degrees. I initially earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education. I then went back and earned a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership. One of my friends warns me I'm dangerously over-educated (he even bought me a coffee mug that says so), but I like to think I have amassed new strategies and skills to really help students and teachers succeed. I believe in lifelong learning, so I'm always investigating new strategies and ideas that help students succeed.
This is my second year as a principal at Idaho Arts Charter School. Leaving the classroom was a difficult decision for me, but I decided to move into administration for a couple of reasons: first, I believe having a strong administrator positively affects all students' learning, and second, I want to help teachers refine their craft and become the best teachers they can be. I know administrators have plenty of other work to accomplish, but my primary goals and desires are to be an instructional leader for our school and an advocate for our students.
During my undergraduate years, I participated in drama and band at NNU. I actually met my beautiful wife, Dana, while in concert band. The band director had both of us switch from our primary instruments, the tuba and the trumpet, to the euphonium. After some initial reluctance from my wife about joining the low brass section, she and I have been creating beautiful harmonies ever since. Dana and I have one son, Everett, who turned two this past July. I have never experienced such joy in my life before being a parent. It is a true blessing to have children. They are a precious resource, and I feel honored to be in a profession where I am able to positively impact the lives of children daily.
One of my favorite things to do is to travel. I've only been out of the country twice, but Dana and I have set a goal to visit the all of the capital cities in the United States. So far, we've only made it to nine, but we're continually planning out visits to others. Our most recent travel took us to Salem, Oregon. While there we climbed on top of the Oregon State Capitol Building next to their pioneer statute. We also enjoyed camping in Bend, Oregon.
I'm excited to continue working with all of the parents and students here at Idaho Arts Charter School. I know together we can do great things!