I was born in Billings in 1963 and grew up in Opportunity, MT until 4th grade, then moved to Billings until graduating from Billings West in 1981. After a year at UM Missoula I completed my BA in elementary ed at Eastern Montana College in Billings. A whirlwind week began my life teaching in and moving to Frazer, MT and being married to my wife Shelly in August of 1986. I taught a variety of grades/classes from 4-6th grades for 9 years there. We purchased my grandparents’ home and lived in Opportunity for four years where I was a park and rec worker and library aide/substitute. I took a job in Heart Butte as 5th grade teacher from 1999-2008 during which time I obtained my Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University. I became the school’s library/media specialist while attending school online from UM Missoula and Western for the next four years. I was moved again to the 6th grade for the last 3 years there. I am now the library/media specialist at Joliet Schools.
I coached JH/HS basketball for a year or two in Frazer as well as coaching JH/HS Volleyball which became a passion. I coached and officiated volleyball for ADLC during my time in Opportunity/Anaconda. I coached volleyball for 8 years, softball for 3 years and golf for 8 years at Heart Butte as well, the latter going to state with golfers for the last 4 years.
My wife and I maintain a Biblical lifestyle basing our lives on the written Word. We attend sabbath services and the feasts of the Bible. We have four children, Keefe, now married and living in Tennessee, Megan living and working in Cut Bank, and Kyle and Matthew living and working in Billings.
I enjoy maintaining my lifestyle with my wife as mentioned before as well as hunting, occasional fishing, working on cars (mostly Subarus), leatherworking, creating buckskin and rawhide leather, model building, and gaming on computers.