I was born in Key West, Florida but my parents moved back to Iowa when I was 2 years old. I have never been back to Key West so i can't answer any questions about it. I lived in Ankeny, Iowa all through school. I played trombone in the concert band, marching band, jazz band, brass choir until my senior year. I attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and earned two B.S. degrees. I went to the University of Missouri-Columbia for graduate school. I met my wife while I was there and we moved to St Louis. I have been teaching in the SLPS system since 2005/2006 school year in secondary science. I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade sciences before moving to the high school level. I have taught Biology, Honors Biology, Zoology, Earth Science, Physical Science, Freshman Physics, AP Biology, and AP Environmental Science while at McKinley HS.
I was very active in scouting. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout with 6 palms. I earned the William T. Hornaday Bronze medal and was the first scout to earn this award in the Mid-Iowa Council. This is a very rare award to earn. Only about 1400 scouts have ever earned a William T. Hornaday medal. I was active in the Order of the Arrow eventually serving as chapter officer for 2 years and a lodge officer for 1 year and received Vigil Honor before I turned 21. I have been on many BSA summer camp staffs serving as the Ecology/Conservation Director from Iowa, Arizona, Florida, and Tennessee. I am currently an Assistant Scoutmaster with my son's troop and a merit badge counselor and a William T. Hornaday Advisor for the St. Louis area.
I currently work on many weekends for the Girl Scouts at the camps instructing and supervising canoeing, archery, geocaching, nature programs, and the climbing wall.
I live in south St Louis county. I have three children in high school during the 2020-2021 school year. I also have 3 cats, a dog, fish, and a guinea pig.