As a graduate of the class of 1999, I am really excited to be returning to my alma mater. After high school I went on to earn a bachelors degree in communication with an area of concentration in advertising public relations from Morehead State University. Upon graduating I accepted a long term substitute position here at Ludlow and coached football for the 2002-2003 season. It was this experience that led me to apply and eventually be accepted into the Northern Kentucky University alternative certification program for special education where I received my Master’s Degree in 2008.
For the last 15 years I have been a special education teacher at Newport Schools teaching special education. For 10 of those I taught middle school grades, and the last five at the high school. During this time I spent two seasons coaching football at Ludlow, as well as one at Newport. In 2008 I became a middle school basketball coach and moved up with that group for the next three years eventually finding a spot on the high school staff where we were won the regional All A tournament, and later won the 9th region to qualify for the sweet 16 in Rupp Arena. I spent the next 6 years serving as a basketball coach at the middle and high school levels, eventually overseeing all middle school sports for three years as the athletic director. In addition to sports, I also led clubs with the 21st century program. The most popular of these was a fishing club that had trips three times a semester to area FINS lakes. I also spent time as a guitar instructor after school, as well as ran an after school fitness club for multiple years. These experiences were a defining part of my time at Newport, and I eventually would like to replicate some of these programs with the panthers.
In my personal life, I have been married for 8 years and have three daughters 11, 6, and 4. I enjoy weight lifting, boating with the family on Brookville Lake in Indiana, and fishing as often as time and the weather allow. Recently, I have reprised a former passion playing guitar and singing in a band during the summer weekends.
In the classroom, students can expect me to be a willing partner in helping them reach their academic goals, and a stern taskmaster in making sure they are successfully progressing in their academic programs. Parents can expect to hear from me frequently, whether to offer praise, contact in order to gather insight, or to report on their students’ progress. I am always quick to return communication, and rely on positive relationships with the families I work with in order to form a reliable team to help students to be successful. Throughout the year I hope to put in place an incentive program to encourage students to maintain passing grades, react and behave responsibly, and maintain appropriate attendance practices.
I look forward to learning about the students and families that I will be working with this year, and am excited to start the year and the work!