I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and am the youngest of three siblings. After graduating from high school, I moved to Knoxville, TN to attend The University of Tennessee. Originally, my major was Environmental Engineering, but I changed it to Education during my sophomore year. Soon after, I took a class that allowed me to select any school setting that I wanted to experience in order to help me determine what and where I would like to teach. I chose to be placed at Tennessee School for the Deaf. That was my first experience working with Deaf students and the beginning of my career as a teacher and administrator.
I graduated from The University of Tennessee with a BS and MS in Deaf Education. After graduation, I taught elementary and middle school students at Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) for 5 years. My wife, Tara, and I then moved to Memphis, TN where I taught middle and high school Deaf and hard of hearing students in a self-contained classroom in Shelby County Schools for 5 years. During that time, I went back to school and graduated from Union University with an EdS in Administration and Supervision and an EdD in Educational Leadership and also became father to my four children (Charlie, Lydia, Kate, and Caroline). I then left the classroom to be a regional, elementary school Special Education Supervisor and the district-wide Hearing Impaired Program Supervisor at Shelby County Schools for 3 ½ years. Although my experiences in Memphis and the public school system were invaluable, I always had a strong desire to return to East Tennessee and to TSD. When the middle school Principal position at TSD became available I knew that I had to seize the opportunity and I served in that capacity for the past 2 ½ years.
I am very honored to become part of the Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD) family and its rich history. My experiences as a teacher and administrator in the residential school setting and the public school system have allowed me to appreciate all of the benefits that a residential school provides for Deaf students. I believe that a setting that allows for open communication, direct instruction, and lifelong relationships and that provides opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as clubs, organizations, and athletics offers our students the best opportunity to develop into well-rounded adults who are prepared for whatever path they may choose after high school. I look forward to working with students, parents, and staff, to helping OSD achieve its mission of graduating students who are independent, productive, lifelong learners, and to honoring the proud history of OSD and the Deaf community.
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Oct 10 - Columbus Day
Oct 24 - Second Quarter starts
Nov 10 - Professional Day
Nov 11 - Veteran's Day
Nov 14 - Professional Day
Nov 22 - Dismissal @ 2:30PM
Nov 23-25 - Thanksgiving
Dec 19-20 - Professional Days
Dec 21-30 - Winter Break
The Ohio School for the Deaf thrives on its rich history and the belief that every student will achieve every day. The spirit and liveliness are infectious as staff greet children each day, from youngsters enrolled in the Alice Cogswell Center and the Early Learning Center preschool to the post-high school students who have elected to participate in the 4Plus transition program. The children and teachers in every classroom, laboratory and common space are ready, willing and waiting to learn.