As a K-12 product of the Heights Schools, serving on our Board of Education has been a special honor for me. This is work I take personally, even more so because until his graduation last May, my son was a tiger. His experiences in our classrooms, music program and sports teams have given me an important lens through which to view the impact of decisions made by our Board.
I am proud of our accomplishments around AP participation, Pre-K programming, and college scholarships, as well as our successful advocacy on state funding, high stakes testing and school report cards, and in hiring a superintendent who continues to impress.
We still have a great deal of work to do in areas such as enrollment, academic performance, our relationship with those who spend their careers with us, COVID, physical and data security and stretching our levy cycle.
I am running for re-election because I want to continue using my experience as a public school teacher, lifelong CH-UH resident, and parent to benefit our students, teachers, schools and taxpayers.
After graduating from Heights High, I earned my Bachelors from John Carroll University, and a Masters in Educational Technology from Ursuline College. In the 1990s, I owned Cedar Hill Video at the intersection of Cedar & Fairmount. While running my business I was able to serve a term on the Board of the Friends of the Heights Library, as well as Cleveland Heights City Council’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Citizen’s Advisory Committee.
My first two years of teaching were in the Cleveland Municipal Schools, in a program for adjudicated middle school students. Unfortunately, budget cuts eliminated the program. In 2003, I joined the staff at Chardon Middle School, where I have taught Eighth Grade American History for the past 18 years. In addition to teaching, I have helped with levy campaigns, and served on the Steering Committee which guided the development of our Strategic Plan.
I am a proud and active member of the Chardon Education Association (an OEA/NEA affiliate) I served as the Vice President of the CEA, and spent many years on the CEA’s Executive Committee. I have negotiated four contracts between the Chardon teachers and the Chardon Board of Education. My passion for teaching American History has sent me to teacher institutes in Columbus, Ohio as well as Lowell, Massachusetts and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. I have presented twice at the Ohio Council of Social Studies annual conference, and been an adjunct instructor in the Department of Education at John Carroll University.
My wife of 25 years is also a Heights grad, and our son graduated this past May.