I was born in Akron, Ohio, the oldest of three boys, and grew up in Parma, a suburb of Cleveland, where I learned to love the Cleveland Indians and to hate hot and humid weather. During my final two years of high school I lived in Atlanta, Georgia, and after graduation went on to the United States Air Force Academy. Graduating with a degree in Engineering Mechanics in 1971, I then went on to pilot training. During my 22 years in the Air Force I served as a pilot, earned a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, worked as an engineer, and finished my career as the commander of the Air Force ROTC Detachment at Michigan Tech University. My personal and military travels have taken me to all but two of the 50 states and many countries and islands, particularly in the Pacific basin.
I met my wife, Sandy, while we were in many of the same classes in eighth grade, and we were married three days after my graduation in the chapel at the Air Force Academy. We drove 14,000 miles in two months for our honeymoon prior to my starting duty in the Air Force. We have six children who were born in five states (Texas, New York, Arizona, two in Ohio, and New Mexico), and ten grandchildren, but are counting on more.
We moved to Colorado Springs following my retirement from the Air Force in 1993, and based on many teaching opportunities I had already had, I decided that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I earned my teaching license through the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo). My first nine years of teaching were at West Valley Alternative School, and I came to Challenger in 2005.I feel that a teacher should always challenge students with a meaningful curriculum that they can relate to the real world.
When I am not spending time with my family, and often with them, I enjoy playing racquetball and golf, fishing, hiking, camping, reading, and watching Air Force sports.