I was born in Florence, Alabama, where I earned my BS and MA degrees in English from the University of North Alabama. After I finished my Master’s, I worked as a technical writer for a U.S. Navy contractor in California. I went back to school in 1990 and attended the University of Mississippi, where I graduated with a Specialist in English degree.
I bring a wide variety of educational experience to my students at Factory Shoals Middle. I taught high school English for 3 years, including a course in creative writing. Before that, I taught time management and computer classes for two Fortune 500 companies, Franklin Covey and Terminix. I have also taught Freshman Composition at the University of North Alabama and the University of Mississippi.
I teach both regular and gifted ELA classes at Factory Shoals Middle School, but most students know me as “that camera guy”. They’re used to seeing me running around the school taking pictures for the yearbook, and many of them have no problem with posing and photo bombing.
I like to spend my downtime with my family, working on other photography projects, playing the piano for my church, reading (mostly history and foreign policy), and binge watching Stranger Things. (Can’t wait to see what they come up with for Series 4!)
My goal is for all students to succeed, exceed, and thrive.