I chose teaching as my second profession following a long period of service as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I became a teacher so I could help others reach their best potential and achieve their best dreams. As teachers, we have the opportunity to help guide young people. We can certainly help them to become the best students they can be. In some rare and wonderful occasions we can also help them become the best people they can be.
My educational background is somewhat unconventional for a teacher. I am a 1974 graduate of McLain High School. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University. I received my Masters of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in 1988. I have also picked up many credits at various universities in education, art and other miscellaneous subjects.
I studied Architectural Engineering in college. Someone once said that the study of architecture will prepare you to do anything in life except architecture. I take this to heart. I believe the study of architecture is great training in problem solving, organization, resource allocation, public speaking, time management, and almost anything else you can think of. Almost every skill set you need as a teacher can be developed by studying architectural engineering.
I chose to apply my Architectural degree (and limited talent) as an Air Force officer. The Air Force provided me the opportunity to travel, something I wanted to experience most of my life. I was willing to take jobs few others wanted if the job afforded travel opportunities. As a result, I spent significant amount of time in Germany, Italy (Sicily), Turkey and Egypt. I also had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe in my free time. My exposure to these many places and cultures has been my best education.
I hope I can help my students see that the life they wish to lead after high school will depend, to a great extent, on the choices they are making today.