Early Years I grew up in the rural farming community of Gladwin, Michigan. I spent most of my summer days working on the family farm. We raised black angus cows, corn and lots of hay. I enjoyed the endless hours of fresh air and the beauty of nature.
School In high school I was involved in as many activities as possible. I thought that if I was at the school, then I didn’t have to worry about feeding cows that day. I played football, wrestling and track. I was also involved in 4-H.
College It wasn’t until college that I realized that I wanted to be a teacher. I spent a summer working with kids at Trails End Ranch in Montana. After working at the camp, I realized that being around kids is what energizes, and gives me a sense of purpose. I graduated from Adrian College in 2008 with a degree in Mathematics and Education.
Career My first job landed me in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I taught freshmen math during the week and spent the weekends in Yellowstone or on the nearest ski hill. After two years in Idaho, my hometown principal called me and offered me a teaching job in Gladwin. I accepted the job and taught in Gladwin for the next seven years. I taught several math classes as well as U.S. History and Economics. Motivated by the desire to move to Northern Michigan, I applied for the Elk Rapids teaching position in the Spring of 2017. I was beyond thrilled when offered the job and couldn’t wait to move my family to the area.
Personal My wife Katy Foor and I have been married for six years. We have a daughter Ellie (4.5 years old) and son Tate (1 year). We live in Williamsburg and like to spend our free time at the beach and library.