Elected May 2011
ESU 18 Board President
What high school(s) did you attend/graduate from?
Allen Consolidated Schools (Allen, NE)
What college(s) did you attend/graduate from and your degrees?
California Institute of Technology, B.S. in Electrical Engineering
What is your profession?
As a Software Engineer with National Research Corporation I work with a team of IT professionals serving the healthcare industry. We develop and maintain customer survey systems that help our clients improve health services.
How would you describe yourself?
I am a father of five amazing children and enjoy spending time with my family. I'm originally from a small town in northeast Nebraska and love Lincoln's small town feel.
What school memory from when you were a student still impacts you today?
My mother was my high school English teacher and I appreciate her blend of high standards and compassion for students. Of course, I appreciate it much more now than when I was a teenager!
What was your favorite class/subject in school and why?
My favorite class in school was science. I enjoyed learning about the physical world and the way it works.
What are the biggest challenges facing our schools today?
The biggest challenges facing our schools are also our biggest opportunities. Our district is growing in enrollment, poverty, and diversity. Supporting all students with a safe learning environment, rigorous curriculum, and opportunities for growth are our highest priorities.
What do you hope for the children in our community?
My hope is that the children in our community are happy, healthy, safe, and excited about learning.
What legacy do you hope to leave at LPS when your service on the board is finished?
When my board service is finished, I hope to be remembered as a thoughtful volunteer who cared about the success of all students.
What is your favorite LPS story from Fall 2015?
I loved the excitement at the first day of classes at The Career Academy! Teacher and supporters lined the hall as students stepped off the bus and into a new model of learning at LPS. The countless hours of work and planning that led to opening day fueled the applause and cheers for our first class of TCA students.
Published: January 25, 2016, Updated: January 20, 2017