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Hi, I have been a teacher at Pine Valley for 27 years and during that time I have taught basically everything from third through sixth, Math to Science, and even Art. I coached Girls' Varsity Softball from 1991-1994 and I'm currently coaching the Girl's Modified Soccer team. I graduated from Fredonia State College in 1978 with a Bachelor in Arts in radio and communications. However, I declined a few offers in that field to go ahead and work on the family farm for 12 years. I also played drums in various rock bands from 1970-1984 to supplement my earnings. By 1989, I saw the writing on the wall in continuing a career in farming. My first child, Sierra was born that year and I had to make a quick decision. A number of friends and some ex-teachers suggested the field of education. At age 33, I knew I had to act fast. I went back to Fredonia while also playing the role of Mr. Mom for my one year old daughter. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary ed, certified K-6th. I lucked out and instantly was hired by Lucinda Minor at Pine Valley. I have been here ever since. Only Tim Nobles and Laurie Beaton have been on the teaching staff longer. I have seen a lot of changes through the years and what really makes me feel old is having students of students I had back in the 1990's! My favorite subject is science, which I taught all of third through sixth grades a couple of years ago. The new administration switched me over to math, K-6th and now I'm on my second year of doing that. Finally, I have three children that are now all in their mid to late 20's and I live with my wife, Lucinda. We have been married for 33 years.