I was born on the banks of the Mississippi River in historic Alton, IL, just north of St. Louis, MO. I grew up and went to college in that area and received my BS in Mathematics from McKendree University. After graduating college I moved to Colorado and worked as an chemist in the oil field. I met my wife while working there and together we moved to Wyoming so I could pursue a career as a petroleum engineer. My wife, who is also a teacher from Boise, and I decided to move back to Idaho. My dream was to become a teacher myself. I found myself at Sage and love it. Coming to school and seeing the students everyday is the best job I could ask for!