My wife, Julie, and I have lived in Columbia for 11 years. We have two boys, Ben (8) and Sam (2). I grew up in O’Fallon, IL and graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. I received a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri. This summer I have begun course work for my doctoral degree from the University of Missouri. Before coming to Smithton I was a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Southern Boone Middle School and taught high school at Russellville and St. Louis Public Schools.
I am excited about this opportunity to serve as principal at Smithton. Since I started here it has felt like home. We have a dedicated staff that comes to school each day to make sure that Smithton is a positive environment where our students feel welcome and can work towards excellence. They have high expectations for all students and are tireless in their efforts to make sure they help our students meet those expectations. They are continually working to improve and push each other to help make Smithton great. Our students work everyday to be their best and constantly impress and inspire me. It is impossible not to push yourself when you see the great things they are doing inside and outside of the classroom.