I am a long time resident of Radford City and am very glad that I get to be at Belle Heth for a third year. I spent the first 9 years of my career teaching 6th & 7th grade history at Floyd Elementary School and taught Life Science my final year there.
I have a wife and two children and I am very glad that they are able to attend school here at Radford. Along with teaching and studying about History, I also love sports, just about all of them, watching a movie and reading a book.
I committed to graduate from Radford High School in 1996. I also committed to graduate from Radford University with my bachelors in 2004 and American Military University with my masters in 2016. Throughout the times I spent is school there were people along the way who inspired me. I always struggled with math and as a freshman in high school it is what I feared the most. However, my 9th grade math teacher, Mrs. Gearheart, taught in a way where I felt as if my individual success was important to her and that she cared whether or not I succeeded in education. Her encouragement and commitment to me helped propel me to a successful high school career.
I also believe it is important for students to feel safe and comfortable in the classroom. In 4th grade, I had the pleasure of being in Mrs. Asbury's class and this is exactly how she made me feel. I loved going to school, which is saying something when you are are 9 year old boy, because I loved Mrs. Asbury and I knew that she was someone I could count on to be there for me. This is a attribute that I have tried to implement in my own teaching.
I have a lot I am looking forward to this year. The thing at the top of my list is getting to know my students in a new way. Being a member of this community and raising kids has given me the opportunity to see many of my students out side of school at sporting events or community activities. Now I am excited to see them daily and learn who they are and how successful they can be.