My K-12 career spanned 30 years. I was a band director in the Charleston School District for seven years. I was the Principal of Charleston Middle School for ten years. As a contract employee for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, I opened the Accelerated Schools and Powerful Learning Center for the Regional Professional Development Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. In 2003, I accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Charleston R-1 School District where I remained until my retirement in 2009. I began my second career at Southeast Missouri State University in 2013 where I have served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Dual Credit.