Born in Chicago, I grew most of my life in the suburbs. Following a brief time at Northern Illinois University I spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as an Electrical Technician. Knowing I wanted to be a teacher, I finished two degrees at the University of Oklahoma; I spent a number of years at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois Chicago, and finished my doctorate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to GCS I served as a teacher for 10 years, a principal for 16, district office director for two years, and superintendent for 10 years! My wife Kristina and I are both educators. We’ll be married 24 years this October. We’ve lived in a number of places in Illinois until Kristina became a professor at the University of Denver. When we moved to Colorado, we live briefly in Aurora until we found our home in Parker, CO. Woodworking and model trains are my main hobbies, though have a fountain pen collection that began with my grandfather’s Parker 51 fountain pen. I especially going to art museums that feature paintings by impressionist painters especially Claude Monet. My favorite art museum is the Musee Marmottan in Paris, France. We have 5 grown kids with 8 grandchildren who live all over the country. Our current family includes two black lab puppies. Tucker and Zoey just turned two years old. Yes, they keep us very busy!