I was born and raised in Lyndon, Illinois on our family farm. I attended Prophetstown Schools. After high school I attended Mount St. Clare College and played basketball. I later coached High School Football for East Central High School in Miles, Iowa.
This will be my 15th year in education and my seventh year at Midland. I taught the first eight years of my career in Sparta, Illinois in Southwestern Illinois. I taught 8th grade Social Studies, coached basketball and was the Middle School Athletic Director. During my tenure I also attended graduate school at McKendree University and obtained my administrative license.
I have been married to my wife Michelle for twelve years. We have two children, 8 year old Macie and 4 year old Ava. My favorite restaurant is LaGrotto’s Pizza in Peru. My favorite television show is Chicago PD. My favorite book is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (I highly recommend it!). I'm a diehard Chicago sports fan (we finally won it!).
I’m so glad I’ve had the opportunity to work with you this year! There are lots of good things going on here at Midland Middle School so stop in and see us sometime! Until then, it’s a great day to be a Timberwolf!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This letter is to inform you that all students in 5th and 8th grade will soon take the Illinois Science Assessment.
This is the second year of the Illinois Science Assessment. The assessment, more commonly known as ISA, was developed and aligned to the new Illinois Science Learning Standards. The assessment satisfies federal accountability requirements. Results from last year’s Illinois Science Assessment have not been released. As many of you know, the budgetary crisis at the state level is ongoing. As a result, ISA scoring procedures were delayed.
Recently the 6th grade Science students were learning about weather patterns and how to read radar maps. I sent this story to a local weather personality and through various emails decided not only would they come out to our school and talk to our 6th grade kids, they would also like to do their noon weather forecast from our school!
So tomorrow Channel 31 (WMBD Peoria) will be broadcasting live tomorrow at 12pm. Meteorologist Lauren Rainson will be doing her noon weather updates from the gym. Two students were chosen by their classmates to even help deliver the forecast! So set those DVR's tonight!