M.S. in Kinesiology, UCLA
H. Dudley Wright Fellow in Innovative Science Education, Tufts University
Born and raised in northern Maine, I was always fascinated by nature and scientific discovery. It was at UCLA that I discovered my love for teaching, while serving as a teaching assistant and lab instructor. I next worked at parochial high schools in Los Angeles for 11 years, teaching all levels of biology. I next spent the next 19 years as a teacher at Central City Value High School, an inner-city charter, which promotes 5 core values in its development of students.
Recently, my wife Traci and I were excited to move to Huntersville to be closer to my son’s family and to join PLP, where I will be teaching AP Biology, Honors Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology. In my spare time over the years, I coached all levels of volleyball. I also serve as President and CEO of the Lucille Rader Education Foundation, which honors a former mentor of mine.
Masters of Fine Arts, Academy of Art University, Concept Illustration
This is my 13th year in education, teaching all grade levels from Kindergarten to the collegiate level. My wife Andrea and I have three children; Maggie (5), Grayson (4), and Merritt (born June, 2019). As an educator in the field of visual arts, I feel that it is important that every individual finds their own way to self express themselves and to use that skill when moving forward in life's journey.
Master of Arts, Teaching
I began teaching 7 years ago in Brooklyn, NY because I felt it was the most important way I could impact society. Every child has so much to offer to the world and it is our job to showcase those talents and push them to be their best. I believe developing the whole child will allow them to successfully take on any avenue they chose to throughout their life.
Masters, Walden University
My first career was in the United States Air Force as a Signals Intelligence Analyst. I spent most of my time overseas in Italy and Japan. Afterwards, I decided to go back to school to become a math teacher and I can't believe that I am already in my 12th year. This is my second year at PLP and I could not be happier here. The administration, faculty, and students are fantastic and I am proud to be a part of the wonderful team.
Master of Arts of Educational Leadership, Middle Tennessee State University
I am a mother of three amazing young adults, Jake, Dylan, and Emma. My happiest moments have been watching them on and off the soccer field, and excelling in school. I am an Ultra Runner and have accomplished many trail races from 50K to 100 miles. So, I pretty much love anything outdoors. I love college football as I am a die hard UGA fan. I have teaching experience in Business Education but focused on Exceptional Children for the past 10 years. I feel so blessed to be a part of Pine Lake and this community.
I've been teaching for about 10 years after coming into the field as a second career. I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Biology but ended up working in the 401(K) world for a while before coming to teaching. My first class was for pre-K students and it was called Mad and Messy Science. I eventually settled down into the world of teenagers and love it here. Personally, I've been married to my husband, Brent, for 20+ years and we have 2 teenage daughters (Sarah & Keira), along with 2 cats (Ms. Grace and Bosco) and 2 dogs (Cosmo & Sadie).
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics - Coastal Carolina University
Masters in Adolescent Education - Gardner-Webb University
National Board Certified in Mathematics
I have been a teacher at Pine Lake Preparatory since 2009 and love being a part of this wonderful community! Teaching students is my passion. I enjoy getting to know so many wonderful students each year and building relationships with them. When students leave my class, I hope that they have learned to love mathematics and have strengthened their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. I have two girls, Marissa (4) and Leah (2), who keep me very busy!