Teaching for me began in 2nd grade when I first started grading my mother’s papers for her English class; so it has always been in my blood. My father was a Baptist preacher in Belton, which is where I graduated from High School, playing football, basketball and serving as the Student Council President. I started college at McLennan Community College, which now brings me full circle as I am teaching for that institution. I then received a President Scholarship to attend the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor receiving a BA, majoring in History and minoring in French (but please don’t ask me to speak it). I was then fortunate to go straight into graduate school at the University of North Texas where I received my Masters or Art in History and a minor in Library Science. While at UNT I was on scholarship as a Teaching Fellow, instructing both halves of US History, the same as I will be doing here at La Vega ECHS.
My teaching career began in Dallas at Ursuline Academy, a private, Catholic girls’ school where I taught AP European History, Modern History, and Economics. A move to Conroe took me to Richards ISD (where I taught all secondary social studies classes) and Conroe ISD, teaching World History, AP European History, and Economics. In 2001, I was invited to serve on the Social Studies Center which provided training and resources for teacher around the state. At that point I was hired at the Education Service Center Region VI in Huntsville, where I worked with teachers in the region and state, sharing resources, strategies, and teaching ideas. While at ESC VI, I was employed as an adjunct professor by Sam Houston State University teaching Social Studies methods.
With desire to be near my aging parents, I moved my family to Waco in 2013 where I worked at ESC 12 as the Social Studies Specialist, again creating and providing resources for social studies teachers in the region and state.
I live here in Waco with my wife Brenda, who mentors students here at La Vega High School, and my son Collin, who is attending Texas Tech - Waco, and my two dogs, Fiona and Jasmine.