Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Wheeling, WV and grew up in southeastern Ohio. I graduated from Union Local High School in Belmont County.

What brought you to this area? Or kept you here?

I attended college at BGSU and my wife Carrie is from Wood County. Northwest Ohio has been my home for nearly 30 years. We have lived in the Mc- Comb area since 2001.

What is your occupation?

I teach high school History and Government at Hardin Northern. I am also the advisor for the Hardin Northern history club called the History Brigade. When I am not teaching I am full-time Daddy to a very energetic 3-year old daughter Emma.

Why do you love what you do?

When my students ask me why I decided to be a teacher or why I became I history teacher my answer is always the same: I love what I do. I truly believe I have one of the greatest jobs possible. I get to spend every day telling students about the greatest country in the world and the sacrifices it took to make our country what it is today. Even when we consider all of the negatives from our past, the story of America is one of liberty and opportunity made possible by the courage and sacrifice of those who came before us. The fact that I get to discuss that every day with students who need to hear that message is a dream come true for me.

What is your favorite thing about this community?

I love that it is a small community with a good family feel about it. My students know one another and care about one another They have been together for years and there a few secrets anymore. They are friendly and quick to laugh and joke with each other. My students are excited when you go out of your way to provide new opportunities for them.

What are you involved in within the community?

I am in my 4th year of teaching Government, American History, and College Credit Plus American History at Hardin Northern High School. I also teach a few electives that I have developed curriculum for as well. Some of these include The Civil War, Pop Culture and History, and Literature of Conflict. I am the advisor for the History Brigade which is Hardin Northern’s new history club. We have about 25 student members in grades 9-12 who meet weekly to discuss the great stories of history and design hands-on activities both for themselves and their fellow students. We just recently returned from a Civil War reenactment in Indiana where students got their first experience with the sounds of the cannon and muskets on the battlefield. Next week we will host our 2nd annual Living History where reenactors from various time periods will introduce our elementary students to the past. We usually cover the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II in addition to other eras. It is always a great day designed to make it fun to learn history.

What are some of your hobbies?

Did I mention that I have a 3-year old daughter? That occupies most of my time right now. Otherwise I like reenact Civil War history as an cannoneer. I enjoy reading and writing and I love to travel to historical locations as much as possible.