Family: My wife, Susan, and I are blessed to have three wonderful adult children, and we just welcomed our second grandchild into the world. We share our home with our crazy dog, Mickey.
Education: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama
What brought you into education?
A: In my early years, I took a college course which required working with handicapped students. I got a great deal of gratification from seeing the students that I worked with overcome significant challenges. These experiences led me to pursue a graduate degree in special education, which provided me the opportunity to work with some wonderful, hard-working students.
What is your favorite aspect of working in administration?
A: I enjoy tackling the challenges of every aspect of administration (curriculum, finance, operations, personnel, etc.). I have the privilege of working with outstanding teachers, administrators, support staff, and school board members who recognize the importance of putting students first. At the conclusion of every school year, it is personally rewarding to see the benefits of your efforts as graduates end their high school experiences and move on to the next phase of their life.
What do you feel is the most important element of a child's education?
A: At the beginning of each school year all children come to school with the same eagerness to learn, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status, hardships or family conditions. Many of today's students face major challenges that are out of their control, and these challenges can impact their ability to be successful in school. It is critical that we have the same expectation for every child, regardless of his or her personal circumstances. It is also important that teachers recognize that not all children learn at the same rate, nor do they always learn in the same way. We need to have high expectations for all students and use every strategy possible in an effort to help each one be successful.
What is your greatest achievement?
A: Convincing Susan Ayer to marry me.
What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
A: I collect wildlife art.
What is your favorite place to be in Bartow?
A: The Booth Western Art Museum
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
A: Breakfast: Capri; Lunch: Brandi's; Dinner: Cartersville Country Club
What is your favorite book?
A: "Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy
Do you have a personal philosophy?
A: My grandmother loved roses. She would often ask me to join her in her rose garden. Sometimes the thorns would stick in my hands when I was cutting the roses, and I would gripe and complain. She told me that I could complain that the rose bushes had thorns, or I could celebrate that the thorn bushes had roses. She taught me that I need to journey through life looking for the positives and not the negatives.