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Current Grade/Specialty Area:  Principal

Teacher/Staff At SMS Since:  2014

Educator Since:  2000

Previous Grades Taught/Roles in Education:  Taught 3rd grade for 3 years, 2nd grade of 5 years, Principal and elementary physical education teacher

Education:  M.A. Educational Leadership-Cardinal Stritch, Teaching Certification-University of Denver, B. A. Communication-Denison Unviersity, Study Abroad-University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand

Special Certificates, Licenses, Programs, Training, Etc:  Two time NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) participant, GYLI (Global Youth Leadership) adult leader which is a high school leadership development program, WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) leader which is a Middle School transition program, Certified Clown (attended clown school with my dad)

Are you an SMS parent:  Yes

Spouse & Children:  Wife Stephanie and sons Jack and Sam

Special Areas of Educational Interest/Specialization:  Leadership Development and Outdoor Education

Hobbies & Interests:  Wisconsin Sports Fan-Packers, Brewers, Bucks, Badger Football and Basketball & Marquette Basketball, camping, hiking, fishing, cooking, hanging out with my family

Favorite Part of Teaching:  Working with and educating children has been a passion of mine for many years.  I enjoy the opportunity to find fun and exciting ways to engage children in the joys of learning.  To see a child smile and look forward to coming to school is priceless to me.  I enjoy watching children grow and become great students and as importantly great people.  I also enjoy finding ways to engage the teachers and parents in the collaborative endeavor of effectively educating children. Teaching is truly a team effort that I love.  I feel blessed to be in education and to be in a commuity that values all the aspects of a child's development.  St. Monica School truly is an amazing place with limitless potential.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." 
~William Butler Yeats