I am a fourth generation Montanan. My father was born and raised on a homestead 15 miles south of Wibaux and my mother hails from Anaconda. I was raised in Billings and graduated from Skyview in 2003. After studying Political Science at the University of Montana, I set forth on a career in education.
My first experiences in the classroom included teaching positions in Asia, Europe, and North Africa. In China, I spent most of my time working with elementary learners. In France, I worked with American students struggling with trauma, addiction, and other issues.
While I loved my time abroad, learned a lot from diverse groups of people beyond our borders, and still highly encourage international experiences for our young people, I also found myself a little homesick. After nearly four years abroad, it was time to come home. I felt the call of Montana’s mountains and waters. More importantly, it was time to be around close friends and family once again.
After returning to Montana, I completed a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum & Instruction. In Missoula, I met my beautiful wife Christie. We landed in Roberts where I taught 5th through 12th grade social studies for two years. For the past three years I have been at Glacier High School in Kalispell where I taught US History, Western Civilization, and AP World History primarily to sophomores and juniors.
In Joliet, I look to build on recent progress and initiatives to help equip students with an education that prepares them for the future they choose. And whether our students choose to stay in Joliet or venture out beyond our nation’s borders, it is my goal that they all do so with the Montana values of hard work, integrity, and grit. At the end of the day, the world needs more Montanans out there making it a better place.
Christie, Jack (2), Leo (8 months) and I are excited to be in town and we look forward to getting to know the students, parents, and community members of Joliet.