• Hello,

     

    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.