When I began my teaching career in a Catholic school in De Pere, Wisconsin, I started on a professional educational journey that would build on my own Catholic school background and take me to both Catholic and public educational settings.
I received my undergraduate degree in education and special education from UW-Eau Claire. I followed that with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from UW-Superior. Additionally, in 2008, as an administrator representing one of the five largest school districts in Wisconsin, I received Master Educator certification as I participated in a fellowship on Urban School Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University.
Following eight years as a Catholic school teacher in De Pere and five years as a Catholic school principal in the La Crosse Diocese, I moved to a principal’s position in the Green Bay Area Public Schools. After 20 years in administration in Green Bay, my wife and I decided that it was time to move back to my Catholic school roots. I became the principal at St. Mary Catholic High School in 2009, and now the director of educational services. I am thrilled to be able to bookend my career with Catholic school positions even though my many years of public school administration not only provided me with solid professional growth but also showed me firsthand the needs of students attending our urban schools today.
Personally, I am a product of Catholic schools, both elementary and high school. My wife and daughter both went one better and graduated from Catholic colleges as well, St. Norbert College and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota respectively.
I am the proud grandfather of two, a granddaughter and a grandson. I continue to wonder how my daughter can be so “old” and how she can have children of her own when I remain so young (at heart).
Please contact me with any comments or suggestions. That’s how we’ll all continue to grow together in Faith, Academics, and Service!