Entering my 2nd year at Lake Forest High School, I fully understand the saying…”Isn’t it Great to be a Spartan!” This past year it was evident that our Spartan community consists of a vibrant culture of caring, hardworking, and spirited staff, students, and parents. I am thrilled to be working with a faculty who embraces the wonderful diversity of Lake Forest High School — a faculty who works hard to prepare students for both their transition to high school and the challenges of the 21st century. There is another phrase that I hear a lot, “Once a Spartan, always a Spartan!” I see the meaning and important of this phrase not only in my professional life, but in my personal life as well. My wife, father in law, brother in law, sister in law, and many other members of my family graduated from Lake Forest High School. They are all proud to be a Spartan!
My educational career began in 1996 as a teacher at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County Public Schools. For twenty years, I served within Fairfax County as a teacher, coach, student government sponsor, assessment coach, middle school assistant principal, and assistant principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School. My top priority is working closely with students, teachers, and parents to ensure a positive learning experience and academic success for each student. All children can learn and be successful. The rest of my philosophy stems from this simple, yet powerful statement. To educate a child effectively requires a tremendous amount of collaboration and effort among the child, family, school, and community. It is my desire all children grow academically, morally, and socially by providing a learning community that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. Additionally, I encourage all students to seek challenges beyond the classroom. Whether it’s on the athletic field, on stage, or in a club, the lessons learned in these venues are equally as important to those learned in the classroom. Together, these lessons, experienced in the controlled and safe environment at Lake Forest, will prepare a child to be college and career ready after graduation.
Personally, I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. I am a graduate of William Byrd High School, Virginia Tech, and George Mason University. My wife Carrie is a proud graduate of Lake Forest High School, Shepherd University, and Wilmington University. We have two girls, Avery (9) and Lucy (5) who keep us busy. We are a family of educators; Carrie is an elementary teacher at Old State Elementary in Townsend, DE. I’m an avid sports fan who closely follows the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Orioles, and Virginia Tech. I enjoy cycling, running, collecting sports memorabilia, and vacationing with my family in Hilton Head, SC.
During the 2017-18 school year, I am looking forward in continuing to work closely with the Lake Forest learning community to showcase why Lake Forest is “Your Best Choice”!