About me


I grew up in a small town in Indiana.  I enjoyed playing basketball, football, and baseball as an outlet to get out energy and motivation for school.  I earned my degree in elementary education from Ball State and moved to North Carolina after graduation. I spent several years as a first and second grade teacher at Underwood Gifted and Talented Magnet in Raleigh.  I found nothing more rewarding then helping students learn to love reading. 

During my time at the University of North Carolina completing my Masters of School Administration degree I fell in love with running.  In the past several years I have completed 2 marathons and 7 half marathons.  I also recently began training for triathlons and competed in my first sprint triathlon this year. 

As part of my graduate program I had the opportunity to do a yearlong Administrative Internship at A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet in Raleigh.   After the completion of my internship in 2006 I was hired to be the Assistant Principal of Olive Chapel Elementary in Apex, NC.  During this time I supported our team through the conversion from a traditional calendar elementary school to a four track year round calendar school.  Three years ago a teacher, a parent volunteer and I decided to share our love of running with our third, fourth, and fifth grade students by beginning the Landlubbers Running Club.   I was an assistant principal at Brassfield Elementary in Raleigh for three years. In August of 2015, I was appointed the principal of Underwood Gifted and Talented Elementary (which is very surreal). 

My wife Courtney and I live in North Raleigh with our two children (Braxton and Brynn). 


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