Explain your career path

I began my teaching career in Franklin, TN as a speech and drama teacher. I moved back to Missouri to coach High School basketball. My career then went from teacher and coach to elementary principal in the Puxico School District. I was recently hired as Assistant Superintendent in the Salem R80 School District located in Salem, MO

What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?

I was an education major. It's well known that the education program at Southeast is one of the finest programs in the state. As a practicing educator, I know that when a Southeast graduate applies, I'm getting a high skilled, highly prepared professional.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

My parents are alums.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

I was influenced a great deal by my fraternity brothers in Sigma Chi. Coming from a small town to Cape exposed me to a broader spectrum of people and friends.

If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.

I was a member of Sigma Chi. It was such a rewarding experience as an undergrad that I became the chapter advisor. I was awarded the IFC Fraternity Chapter Advisor of the Year Award twice. It has continued to positively impact my life as I find many connections through Sigma Chi.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

That hard work and persistence will result in success.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Fun, challenging, enlightening.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

To spend a great deal of time with the same people in your major. You can learn a lot from each other!