I am 1986 graduate of River Forest High School.  I received my
    undergraduate degree from Ball State University in 1991 and my
    Masters Degree from Indiana State University in 1997.  I
    completed my Educational Specialist degree in 2009 (again from
    ISU) which allowed me to re-apply for my license and convert
    it to a Superintendent’s license. 


    I worked as an elementary principal for over 18 years (2.6 years at Meister
    Elementary School, 10 at Johnston Elementary School in Highland,
    and 6 at now closed Riley Elementary in Hammond) and I was
    an assistant principal at Gavit Middle/High School for one year dating back to
    1997.  Prior to that, I taught art and computer art for six years at Gavit


    During my 25-year career in education, I have been named
    “Teacher of the Year” (1996), “Principal of the Year” (2006),
    I have been awarded the distinction of a Life-Member of the
    Indiana PTA, and I have been a finalist for Indiana PTA
    “Principal of the Year” (2003).  In both 2002 and 2004,
    my school was chosen to represent the State of Indiana for the
    national “Outstanding PTA Unit” award. 


    I have presented to my peers, teachers, and parents at the
    state level and local level and my writing has been published in
    Ball State’s The Writing Program (1987). 
    My artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary 
     (1998), and is on display in Indiana State University’s
    permanent collection.  I also was asked to design an update for
    River Forest High School’s athletics logo in 1995 and it remains
    as one of the school’s athletic logos. 


    I have been involved with the River Forest Community School
    Corporation as a student, parent, or community member since
    1973 when I began in Kindergarten.  Along the way I have had
    the honor of giving the keynote address at Career Day way back
    in 1998 and the commencement address for the graduating class
    of 2008. 
    I am overwhelmed with joy to come home and continue to serve in a
    school system that I love so dearly; My heart and efforts are
    focused on the River Forest Community School Corporation in creating
    a nurturing, safe,and challenging K-12 school environment.
    I am married (Amy) and the proud father of two boys (John
    and Geddy) and a girl (Lindee).
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