Alma College, Alma, MI (Sociology)
Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI (Master's)
I have a lifetime of experience in education, athletics and life skills. I have been around education from the day I was born. My father was a teacher, administrator, coach and athletic director. My father was a great role model in how to deal with kids/people. He was more than just an educator to so many people in and outside of our community. Many people tell me that when they see me, they see my dad, what a compliment!!
I have been working with kids all of my life. I started coaching when I was 18 years old. I ran a college prep program for financially disadvantaged kids for five years after college and have over 18 years of teaching experience. Through my work experiences and my role as a father/husband, I have always had a few things that I demand; hard work, taking responsibility for your actions and living life with integrity.
I have a vast experience in working with kids/people of many backgrounds and levels. I truly enjoy helping people learn. One of the best feelings is when you see the expression on someone's face when they have that "ah-ha" moment of understanding a lesson.
I can be flexible with my hours and our meeting place.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College with a sociology major and a natural science minor. I also have a masters in middle school science. I hold a lifetime certificate in Physical Science from Texas (I taught 2 years in Harlingen, TX) and Michigan, highly certified in sociology and science (grades 6-12, including biology, chemistry, earth science, physical science. etc.)
I have over 25 years of coaching experience in various sports. I was a four year letter winner at Alma College in both football and baseball and lettered my first year in swimming as a senior. I have coached baseball, softball, football, boys/girls basketball and am currently a varsity golf and wrestling coach.
I feel that I am quite "in tune" with kids and what they go through at school. While I understand the demands of education, I also understand that situations come up, life happens. I have a good ear and know that there may be times that lessons get modified do to how much outside stimulus is happening in your student's life.
I look forward to helping kids grow educationally and personally. I have a lifetime of experience in education, athletics and life skills. I have been around education from the day I was born. My father was a teacher, administrator, coach and athletic director. My father was a great role model in how to deal with kids/people. He was more than just an educator to so many people in and outside of our community.
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I have played baseball since I was 5 years old. I have played in the Mickey Mantle World Series in Memphis, Tennessee, where our team lost to the Dominican Republic 1-0 and we were awarded the sportsmanship trophy. I also played 4 years of varsity baseball at Alma College and have over 15 years coaching experience from little league to high school varsity.
I have coached both boys and girls basketball and played in high school. I coached 2 years of high school girls basketball in Texas at a 5A school. I have also coached 7th/8th grade girls and freshman boys basketball.
All off my athletic experiences have helped me to develop a sense of fitness. I have also gained significant knowledge of nutrition through my wife and her practice.
I have eight years of playing experience, including 4 years of college. I spent a fall as a graduate assistant at Alma College before getting my first job as a JV head coach, calling the offense. I also spent a total of 6 years as a defensive coordinator and a special teams coach. I played quarterback most of the time, but also have experience as a running back and wide receiver on offense and played safety/cornerback on defense.
I learned golf at an early age playing with my dad. I have coached golf for 10 years. I spent my first 2 years as the boys' coach, followed by the last 8 as the girls' coach. My girls' team had a run of 6 straight conference titles and 6 of the 8 years qualifying for the state finals. We have also earned 6 team academic honors and have had 5 individuals earn academic honors.
I have a major in sociology from Alma College. I have taught 3 semesters of sociology. I have used my sociology majoring experiences in dealing with people and relationships.
I have played softball for over 15 years. I also have coaching experience in Texas and in Michigan. I spent 2 years coaching at a 5A school in Texas as the JV coach and was in charge of helping to develop pitchers. I also coached 6 years of softball in Michigan.