My start in science and science education began at a very young age. Always curious of "how things worked", and troubleshooting and fixing lawn mowers before I could even drive, I knew some pathway of science and education was going to be my future. After attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison for a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design, I continued my career for over 40
years of running a nursery, floral shop, and landscape company. During this time, I would regularly teach courses at McHenry County College, and felt a pull towards high school education.
After getting my Master in Education, I worked in District 155 in Crystal Lake for 21 years, coaching Science Olympiad, volleyball and soccer. Encouraging and supporting young adults to help find their personal success in the classroom and on the court/field continues to bring me back to the school everyday. Celebrating the little and big achievements and mentoring students along that journey is the greatest gift a teacher could ask for!
A little about me: I love puns and jokes, restoring cars, working outside around the house, and taking multi-week camping trips in the summer. Spending time outside with friends and around a bonfire is where you're likely to find me on weekends with my wonderful wife (and educator), Tina. We have two children that both attended Marian Central, so this is a wonderful return to a school we've supported for many years. I look forward to another successful school year!