Middle School Athletic Director
LS & MS PE Teacher
Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University
Master of Science, Ohio University
I really like teaching activities that students don’t get exposed to a lot. You can go to any school in America and learn how to dribble a basketball in PE. It takes a special kind of teacher to trust a kindergarten student with a floor hockey stick…
What does a typical day in the life of a Physical Education teacher look like?
My day is usually packed from beginning to end. I have four Lower School classes and two Middle School classes every day, plus lunch/recess duty three times per week. In addition to that, I am the Middle School Athletic Director, so I find time during the day to work in that role. Oh, and I stay late to coach baseball and supervise athletic events too! It seems like a lot, but it sure beats sitting at a desk all day.
What's the best part of your day?
I like knowing that each day is going to bring something different. There are a million things going on in the students lives, so at any moment I could be having a Power Rangers conversation with a 1st grader, or learning an embarrassing Fortnite dance from an 8th grader. I usually bring home a lot of unique stories.
What part of physical education class do you like best? Or what sport/activity?
As much as I enjoy the usual sports, I really like teaching activities that students don’t get exposed to a lot. Floor Hockey, Badminton, Cricket, and things of that nature. You can go to any school in America and learn how to dribble a basketball in PE. It takes a special kind of teacher to trust a kindergarten student with a floor hockey stick…
What made you want to be a PE teacher?
I grew up as a sports fanatic, so it seemed like a great fit. I wish I had a neat story to tell, but it really was as simple as that. I knew I wanted to be around sports, both teaching and coaching, so that was the path I went down.
What's your background - where are you from, what sports did you play?
I could write a book on all the places I’ve been and things I’ve done, so I will try to keep it concise!
I grew up in the Mt. Greenwood area and then moved to Tinley Park as a teenager. After high school I went to community college for two years, then NIU. Once I graduated, I moved out to Arizona to teach and coach baseball. I spent three years in AZ and was having a ton of success coaching, so I moved to New York to coach baseball at Bard College. Along the way I earned a Masters in Athletic Administration, ran the Chicago Cubs Youth Summer Camps, and now do work with the Bulls/Sox Academy in the summer. I love being at EA, so hopefully my days of travelling the country are over!
What is the one thing nobody knows about you?
As outgoing as I seem, I am actually a pretty private guy. There are so many things you would be surprised to learn about me. I’ve self-taught myself how to play 5 different instruments, I drove a forklift in high school, an ice cream truck in college, and I’ve never had a banana. That list will do for now!