I enter my sixth year as the principal at Alpine Elementary. In my tenure at our beloved school, I have learned that the Alpine community wants all children to succeed to their fullest potential. The incredible support we receive from our parents and our PTA clearly indicate that a high-quality education is valued and supported in the homes in our community. I consider it a privilege to lead a school with such outstanding students, parents and staff!

My beautiful wife Laura and I moved to Utah after spending 30 years in the Oregon school system. We lived in Redmond, Oregon for 27 years where I worked as a high school language arts teacher and basketball coach. I then served as a high school assistant principal for 14 years and 8 years as an elementary principal. I was ready for some new professional challenges and was fortunate enough to be hired by the Alpine School District in April 2014.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree at Brigham Young University and my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Oregon, but there is no question as to whether I am a more loyal Cougar or Duck. I bleed blue!

Laura and I have been blessed with five children, and they are all products of the K-12 public school system in Oregon. Four of our children have graduated from BYU, and we have one daughter who received her associate’s degree at BYU-Idaho. All five of our children are married, and we have 13 grandchildren.

I moved from one outdoor paradise in Central Oregon to another here in the Utah Valley. I am an avid road biker, and am grateful to live so close to the American Fork canyon where my favorite bike ride is the Alpine Loop.  As a BYU alum, I attend or watch on television all BYU football and basketball games, and I have traveled to watch the Cougs play football in all different parts of the country.

I find daily joy in associating with the students, parents and faculty at Alpine Elementary. I truly believe that all children have the ability to learn at high levels. A strong partnership between parents and teachers will enable every student to have every chance to learn every day!

Every time I walk into the doors of Alpine Elementary, I say to myself, “It is a great day to be an Eagle!”