Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Illinois State University 2005 Type 75 (Masters of Administration) Concordia University 2008 Master of Curriculum and Instruction Concordia University 2010
I am a 2000 graduate of Palatine High School. I have lived in Palatine my entire life. In fact, I bought a house less than a mile from the house I grew up in. I started my college career at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I left Marquette after a year and transferred to Illinois State University. I graduated from ISU in 2005. The years I spent at ISU were a blast, and I have a ton of memories from there that I will never forget. GO REDBIRDS!!! Since earning my bachelor’s degree, I have earned two master’s degrees. I earned a master’s degree in Administration and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.
I began my teaching career at Leyden in the fall of 2005. Leyden is the only place where I have taught. Leyden has been very good to me, and I love it here. I have taught English I and English III each year that I have been at Leyden. I am also on the wrestling and boys’ soccer coaching staffs. The memories of the wrestling team winning the sectional and reaching the “Elite 8” in 2010 will stay with me forever. I was fortunate to be part of the soccer team that won the sectional and reached the “Elite 8” in the fall of 2010. There is no way to describe that playoff run and the fun I had with that group of guys. Throughout my time at Leyden I have seen great accomplishments in the classroom and on the athletic fields. I know that with hard work and determination we can make this kind of success the norm.
I am an avid sports fan. I bleed Cubbie blue. I try to go to Wrigley and watch as many games as I can each and every season. While I am a Cubs’ fan, I also spend a great deal of time cheering for whatever team is playing the White Sox. I can admit that I am what you would call an angry Cubs’ fan. I do not watch much T.V., but when I do it is usually on ESPN. I really enjoy working out and staying in shape. I am especially fond of running. I have run seven marathons and countless half marathons. While I have not run a full marathon in several years, I would like to start training again to run a few more. I have also recently become addicted to golf. I am not very good at it, but I try to go and play as frequently as I can. I really enjoy traveling. I am always up for a road trip. Some of my favorite U.S. cities are Baltimore, Denver, and San Diego. I could see myself ending up in one of those cities one day. My favorite place to visit is Las Vegas. I have been there at least once a year since my 21st birthday. In the very near future I would like to take a trip Banff in Alberta, Canada. The Canadian Rockies are a once in a lifetime trip. I also like the beach. I have been to the Bahamas, but I would also like to hit other destinations in the Caribbean. I would also like to expand my horizons and travel over seas. I want to see all that Europe has to offer.