Batchelor of Science in Geology - University of Vermont 1987
Master of Science in Geochemistry - Northern Illinois University - 1990
Master of Educational Leadership - Colorado State University - 2006
I'm originally from Manchester, Vermont, where my life revolved around skiing. In high school I was inspired by my English teacher, and so on my first foray into college at UVM I declared an English major, with the intention of becoming a teacher myself. It didn't go well - let's just say as a 17 year-old I wasn't emotionally ready for college! Skiing was still my main interest, so as an 18 year-old I packed up my car and drove across the country to Winter Park, Colorado, where I spent two years living the dream teaching skiing and racing. Two years was enough. Back in my hometown, I fell in love with a girl I had known since we were kids and then followed her back to UVM. I also found a love of the geosciences. My second foray in to higher education was way better! I loved what I was studying, and I was connected to the small-ish community of geo-nerds. After getting my master's degree (and marrying Sheri), I/we signed up for the Peace Corps. We spent two years in Honduras, where I made geologic maps and designed water systems for small communities in the mountains. On returning I took a job with the US Geological Survey as a geochronologist, a job which eventually landed me at CSU doing similar work. I still had the calling to be a teacher, though, so I left my first career and got my teaching credentials at CSU. I started working at Poudre in 2007, teaching science and math to English Learners. In 2012 I was tempted back into geochemistry with an offer to take my family to Norway. We lived in Oslo for 6 months, where my kids were in second-language programs much like the one I was teaching in here at Poudre. After returning to the US, it wasn't long before I felt the pull back to Poudre. So I left that career again! I'm back here where I belong!
Chance favors the prepared mind. -- Louis Pasteur (I think!).
Geometry, Geometry in Construction, Algebra 2