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My wife and students from her class the day before the Buckeyes defeated Michigan 14-3 in 2007.


High School - East Canton High School

College - B.A. in Secondary Education (comprehensive social studies) from the University of Akron. I finished my M.A. in instructional technology at Malone College in December, 2006.

Marital Status - I married my beautiful wife, Jamie, on July 30th, 2005 on the beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Position at TV - This is my 14th year at Tusky Valley. I am currently the Media Specialist at the high school and I teach the Web Design, Intro to Microsoft Office and Multimedia classes. In the past I have also taught 10th grade Current Events/Civics, 10th Grade World Studies, and 11-12th grade Psychology and Sociology.

Extracurriculars - I have coached middle school football, girls' basketball (JV), girls' softball (varsity assistant) and boys' basketball (varisty assistant). I currently am the head coach for the girls' golf program. I am currently the President of the Tuscarawas Valley Teachers Association, Technology Department Chairmen, and part of the district's mentoring program. I have also been the freshmen class advisor and president of the LPDC during my time at TV.

Favorite Part of Teaching - easy one. My favorite part of teaching is working with the students. There are a lot of kids that I really look forward to seeing each day. I am never bored because the kids are so interesting. I try to get to know the kids personally and I am not afraid to let them know me personally. It seems to me that all the students really want is to know that the teacher is on their side and there to help them. If a kid believes that everything else seems to fall into place.

Biggest Career Highlight - During the 2003-2004 school year I had the opportunity to teach a Web Design course. Even though most of the students in the class had very little background in web design we were able to rebuild the school's website. The students did such a great job that our class won the Golden Apple Award which is presented to the best program in the district.

Hobbies - I love anything involving sports. I spend most of my free time during the summer months on the golf course. I also have 7 pets, 3 dogs & 4 cats, so I spend a lot of time playing with them. My wife loves animals and we have also found homes for several other animals that were without homes.

Favorite TV Show - Obviously ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, the Golf Channel & FOXsports Net are always choices. I also spend a lot of time watching cable news and the Weather Channel. My wife is a breast cancer survivor and while she was going through chemotherapy we became addicted to the Food Network. We have our DVR set to record Chopped and I would have to say that is probably my favorite show. I also really like Whale Wars and River Monsters on Animal Planet. As far as sitcom's go... Hot in Cleveland had a great first season and I am looking forward to it next year.

Favorite Movie - Hoosiers, The Illusionist, the Bourne Series, Cinderella Man... those are all great movies but if I had to pick a favorite movie I would go with The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Favorite Song/Musician -Wow, I am really not much of a music person. I must admit that my favorite radio station is AM 850 WKNR sports radio. If I had to pick a favorite song I would probably choose It's My Life by Bon Jovi or Dream On by Aerosmith. I really don't have a favorite musician.

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