I enter my fourth 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 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. 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 our 11th grandchild is due to arrive in December of 2017.
I moved from one outdoor paradise in Central Oregon to another here in the Utah Valley. I enjoy running, biking, swimming and watching BYU football and basketball games. I have traveled to watch the Cougs play football in all different parts of the country and will be going to Texas and Mississippi this fall to hopefully witness gridiron victories.
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. 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!”