As a member of the Bangor Township Schools (BTS) family for the last 11 years, I am honored to serve the communities of the tri-city area. Throughout my time here in BTS I have been a 6th grade mathematics and technology teacher at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, a mathematics teacher, wrestling coach, football coach, and track coach at John Glenn High School (JGHS). I have taught math and composition courses at Baker College of Cass City, and worked for Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) as a summer research intern studying the Saginaw-Bay watershed.
Before moving to the tri-city area, however, I began my journey as an educator when I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education with concentrations in math and chemistry from Olivet College in Olivet, MI in 2007, and then went on to teach in Detroit and Dearborn from 2007 to 2009. Additionally, I earned a Master of Education degree with a concentration in curriculum and instruction from Olivet Nazarene University in Chicago, IL in 2013. In 2018, I completed 27 credits at SVSU to become certified in K-12 administration. But most importantly, I have been happily married for the last eleven years to my beautiful wife Elizabeth, and am a proud father of my four children Damien (9), Dylan (7), Duke (almost 4) and Henley (turning 1 in November).
Throughout the school year, you can find me in my office at our beautiful new drop-in center, or attending one of the exciting JGHS sporting events. However, in my down time, you can find me camping with my family at our favorite spot in East Tawas, repeatedly telling my boys to be quiet in the blind in order to see a deer during hunting season, or watching the Buckeyes earn another win on the gridiron.
Now, as a dedicated and loyal Bangor employee, I am on multiple district committees for technology, morale, and overall district improvement. I have also helped launch the Bobcat Nation Broadcasting Network (BNBN) where I manage live streams for home sporting events of the JGHS sports teams. I even occasionally make it to a few wrestling practices and meets as a volunteer JGHS wrestling coach, and am in charge of the 4-6 year old Bay County Roadrunner Team.
Yet, my heart is in online education. I served as an online teacher of record for two years and academic coordinator for one year at the Bay Arenac ISD before becoming the director of the Bangor Township Virtual School in 2015. That is 7 years of online knowledge and expertise in the form of teaching and administration online where my focus has been identifying the needs of online learners of every level. If there is one thing that separates BTVS from all other online schools, none of them can offer the same customer service that our district, my team, and I provide.