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I was born and raised in the small town of Rome, New York.   Rome in many ways is similar to Jacksonville, in terms of size and at one time was the home of Griffiss Air Force Base.   So in many my new home here in Jacksonville while different in some ways, still has some of the similarities of the city in which I grew up in.  Upon completing high school I moved to Buffalo, New York to live with my father and attend Canisius College.   At Canisius I worked hard at earning my business management degree.  After a number of years fighting unending battles with snow and blustery winters, I discovered I really hate cleaning off my vehicle four time to five times a day during the winter so I took the bold move and headed south like so many other people from Buffalo.
My first stop in the North Carolina landed me in Gastonia,  which is the largest of the cities that surrounds Charlotte.  In Gastonia I landed a job at Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated as a Service Coordinator.  Yada, yada, yada somewhere here I had a child named Chloe.  Chloe is the very best daughter a father could possibily have PERIOD.   She is also the prettiest and smartest daughter a father could have as well.  Back to the story, after a number of successful years at Coke was job was eliminated.  It was at this time I decided to launch my second career.  I always wanted to have a position in which I could help for the advancement of children, perhaps something that I could feel as if I made a difference in a child's life.  It is at this time I decided to enroll at Queens University in Charlotte working towards a degree in Elementary Education.  While completing courses towards my degree I was a substitute for Gaston County Schools.  I quickly gained a great reputation at the schools I worked at, and quicked ascended to the top of many of their substitute lists.


        Chloe and I


When I completed my requirements for my licensure, on a lark I applied to a number of schools on the coast of North Carolina.   I always thought it would be great living so close to the ocean.  So when things fell into place at Silverdale, I packed up and moved to Jacksonville.  I feel so very blessed on how things developed, and I never second guess making the decisions I have made.  I love it here at Silverdale, and I love how the children have quickly taken to me.  In addition I have alot of love for the staff (including Ms McAllister and Mr Henderson) here at Silverdale for putting up with me at times, and Mrs. Ehler is the closest thing I have ever had to having a sister.

I believe things happen for a reason, and I feel so blessed for many of the aforementioned reasons, and all the special people that have come into my life.  Perhaps there is no one more special than Melody, who has been very instrumental in making Jacksonville feel like home to me; so much so that I had asked her to be my wife during the summer of 2012 and she said, "Yes."  Here is a picture of my wife Melody and I on our wedding day, July 27, 2013.


I truly love this area, and I look forward to being here a very long time.

   Melody and I