Subject you teach:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Biology

School:  Kiowa County High School

Hometown:  Great Bend, KS

Education:  B.S. from Kansas State University

Family:  Mica, husband;  Kelsey, daughter; Kade, son

Interests and hobbies:  Riding horses;  being outdoors; fishing; sports; spending time with my family

In a few sentences, explain why you decided to become an educator.

I really enjoyed my A & P class in college.  I decided I wanted to teach others about the human body.  I also knew I would be marrying a farmer, and teaching makes a great career for a farm wife.

Who is a teacher or professor who inspired you and how?

Diana Crosby and Steve Petty - They were both coaches of mine, and great teachers that taught me life lessons, besides classroom material

Who is someone in current events who you admire and why?

Tim Tebow - He is very mature for his age; he is very goal oriented, and he is a hard working, Christian, athlete.

What are the greatest challenges in education today?

Motivating kids to work hard, and to see the value in learning how to work hard, to overcome obstacles, and to realize that not everything will be "handed to them."

What advice can you offer for someone who wants to go into education?

Be flexible! Not only in your teaching style, but also when dealing with students and parents.  There are a lot of kids that have "baggage" that we do not know about.

What teaching moment is most memorable?

I've had too many to keep track of in the 26 years that I have taught!!  Some have been funny, some have been frustrating, but all of them have been worth it.