I am 1986 graduate of River Forest High School. I received myundergraduate degree from Ball State University in 1991 and myMasters Degree from Indiana State University in 1997. Icompleted my Educational Specialist degree in 2009 (again fromISU) which allowed me to re-apply for my license and convertit to a Superintendent’s license.I worked as an elementary principal for over 18 years (2.6 years at MeisterElementary School, 10 at Johnston Elementary School in Highland,and 6 at now closed Riley Elementary in Hammond) and I wasan assistant principal at Gavit Middle/High School for one year dating back to1997. 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 theIndiana 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 thenational “Outstanding PTA Unit” award.I have presented to my peers, teachers, and parents at thestate level and local level and my writing has been published inBall State’s The Writing Program (1987).My artwork has appeared on the cover of Contemporary
Education (1998), and is on display in Indiana State University’spermanent collection. I also was asked to design an update forRiver Forest High School’s athletics logo in 1995 and it remainsas one of the school’s athletic logos.I have been involved with the River Forest Community SchoolCorporation as a student, parent, or community member since1973 when I began in Kindergarten. Along the way I have hadthe honor of giving the keynote address at Career Day way backin 1998 and the commencement address for the graduating classof 2008.I am overwhelmed with joy to come home and continue to serve in aschool system that I love so dearly; My heart and efforts arefocused on the River Forest Community School Corporation in creatinga nurturing, safe,and challenging K-12 school environment.I am married (Amy) and the proud father of two boys (Johnand Geddy) and a girl (Lindee).
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