Over my teaching career thus far, I have had the opportunity to work with students, teachers, and families across three different states. Watching the growth that happens during the elementary years has been a gift, but the greatest gift that working in schools has afforded me are the lasting relationships that have been formed. As I step in to my new role as Assistant Principal of Nolensville Elementary, I am incredibly excited to join a team and a community of students and families where new and lasting relationships will be formed. Maya Angelou said it best; “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I was born and spent most of my formative years in Baltimore, Maryland. I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee during my 8th grade year and attended high school in East Tennessee. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Trinity College in North Dakota where I also participated in collegiate football, track, and basketball. I married my wife, Tracy, while I was still in college and together we moved to San Antonio, Texas where I began my teaching career with KIPP schools.
I received my master’s degree from the University of Texas San Antonio in Educational Leadership and Policy and accepted a founding Assistant Principal role with IDEA Public Schools in San Antonio. The following year I accepted the role as Founding Principal of IDEA Walzem Academy in San Antonio, Texas. While I greatly enjoyed this opportunity, family brought me back to the Tennessee area. My wife and two sons, Harper and Hollis, relocated to Nashville during the summer of 2016.
When I am not working, I love spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, working out, playing flag football, and cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers and Philadelphia Eagles!
I am grateful for this opportunity to join the Nolensville Elementary team and look forward to being a part of the community.