Number of years you’ve been teaching: I have been involved in education for 37 years.
Number of years you’ve been teaching for Ballard: I have worked 32 years for Ballard.
What positions have you held at Ballard and what is your current job that you will retire from? I’ve held several different positions. I have taught middle school social studies, served as activities director and coached baseball and basketball. I’m currently director of student services at the middle school.
What other school districts did you teach in previous to Ballard? I have taught middle school social studies in Storm Lake and Perry previous to Ballard.
Where were you raised and what did you love about your upbringing and schools you attended? I was raised in northwest Iowa and attended grade school in Varina and high school in Fonda. Both communities were close-knit. Strong character was instilled in the everyday culture. Families had extended relatives in the vicinity and there were several family gatherings during the year.
Why did you go into teaching/education? Did someone influence you? I went into education because of some great professors in college. They always kept things in perspective and made learning meaningful.
If you had chosen another career, what might that have been? I probably would be involved with something in the psychology field.
What have you loved most about your time at Ballard Schools? Ballard has been an awesome place to work. When I started here 32 years ago, it was going to be for a short time period. Ballard has faced many tough situations during my tenure. But it became very evident that Ballard solved problems and made decisions based on what’s best for students. It’s amazing how students, staff and community are affected when you do what’s best for students. Ballard had to be creative over the years and many times do more with less. I got hooked on the “Ballard Way.” Thirty-two years later, it feels like I’ve only been at Ballard for a short period.
What was the biggest challenge you faced over the years? The biggest challenge I’ve seen in education deals with funding. Students today have more and more needs, and trying to meet those needs with proper resources is getting more difficult.
Do you have any advice for those thinking about this profession or just starting out in the profession? Education is a great profession. Teaching is more than an 8-4 job. The more you put forth, the more you will receive. Teaching is very rewarding and you’re investing in our future generations.
Who are the family members you will now enjoy spending more time with? My wife’s name is Robin. We have two children, Jamie and T.J. We also have three grandchildren, Beau, Broxton and Lark. I will be spending time with them. We also will do some traveling.
What activities do you hope to pursue in retirement? I have no set plans at this time. I will take a little time and see what my next calling will be.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention? I would like to thank the Ballard Schools and Ballard community for an amazing experience. I’ve had the privilege to work with and for great people. My time at Ballard has been very rewarding.