Kiowa County Educator

Position, subject you teach: High School Principal

School: Kiowa County High School

Hometown: Bucklin, Kansas

Education: B.S. University of Nebraska @ Kearney M.S. Fort Hays State University

Family: 2 Daughters - Kacey (21) Morgan (19)

Interests and hobbies: Golfing, Bowling, Spending time with my family

Why did you decided to become an educator?

My first degree was exercise physiology and I worked in cardiac rehabilitation in Dallas. Working in that field was rewarding but getting close to patients and then watching some of them die was difficult for me. Teaching was a profession where I could have a positive influence in students’ lives and watch them flourish into young adults.

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

Mrs. Lucky was my forth grade teacher. She was an african american woman in a mostly white school. She always set high expectations for her students and would not take less. I always respected her for that.

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

Michael Jordan - with all his fame and fortune he has always kept a good perspective on life. In a world where celebrities feel they are entitled, Michael Jordan has always been dignified. He was cut as a sophomore on his high school basketball team and used that to motivate him to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

What are the greatest challenges in education today?

Getting students to understand the importance of being an active participant in their education. The old saying “you get out what you put in” is so true.

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

Teaching is a very rewarding profession. Set high expectations for your students and work with them to reach those goals you have set for them.

What teaching moment is most memorable?

I have been around so long that there are so many. I like to see students walk across the stage during graduation with their head held high and a smile on their face. They grow so much in their four years of high school.