I grew up in Redmond, Oregon in the Central Oregon high desert. When I lived there it was a small rural community much like Chimacum only without so much water and rain. After earning my undergraduate at Eastern Washington University, I moved to the Seattle area to teach in the Northshore School District. There, I met my wife and after five years we both felt a longing to return to a smaller community much like we grew up in. After a visit to this community we both fell in love with the area. I have lived on the Quimper Peninsula since 2002 and have taught in the Port Angeles and Port Townsend School Districts. I feel deeply connected to the communities of Jefferson County.
After an 18-year teaching career, I wanted to make a difference in student achievement at the Principal level and earned my administrative credentials at Western Washington University. Principals are in a unique position to lead teachers in closing the achievement gap; to support teachers in instructional development; and cultivate a positive school culture where each student, teacher, and parent feels valued. Building positive relationships with teachers, students, parents, and community members is the foundation of school and student success. As principal at Chimacum Elementary, my goal is to build on these relationships as an important step toward building a collective efficacy where all teachers and staff believe that they can positively impact student achievement.
Chimacum Elementary has a vibrant and talented staff that tirelessly work to impact student learning. I am proud that our staff is comprised of positive educational professionals that care deeply about children. I love working at Chimacum Elementary and I hope you’ll come and pay us a visit. I am confident you will find Chimacum Elementary to be a school where teachers and staff make a lasting positive impact on children on daily basis.