August 7, 2020
Dear Nighthawk families:
Welcome to the 2020/2021 school year! Starting school in the middle of a pandemic and moving to distance learning will be challenging, but overcoming obstacles is what gives us strength! I can speak for our entire staff when I say we care deeply for our kids, and we look forward to learning with high levels of rigor and excitement! Figuring out how things work and instilling in students the joy of discovery is what we’re all about, and our online platforms will certainly give us a way to do that. I’m so proud of our Nighthawk staff! I’ve seen them working extremely hard to make their classrooms the best they can be for their students, and I look forward to lots of great learning.
Innovation can’t take place unless we take risks, and there will be missteps along the way. That’s OK! We don’t expect perfection from ourselves or one another, but while we strive to do well we also give grace to ourselves and to one another. And together, we can do this! I wish you a wonderful start to the year. Should you have any questions, or if you just want to chat, feel free to call the office at 661-206-0120. We’re here for you.
All the best,
I suppose a little biographical background might be interesting to share:
Mission Viejo High School, IB full diploma.
B.A., The Master’s University. Biblical Studies major with an emphasis in Missions and Biblical Languages.
M.A., CSU Bakersfield. Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, core emphasis in educational technology.
Ed.D., UCLA. Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Antelope Valley Christian School. 5th Grade. 1999-2000.
Desert View Elementary. 4th Grade. 2000-2006.
Assistant Principal. Piute Middle School. 2006-2009.
Principal. Piute Middle School. 2009-2011.
Principal. Discovery School. 2011-2016. First principal.
Principal. Fulton & Alsbury Academy. 2016-present. First principal.
I taught two college courses for CSU Bakersfield’s master’s degree program, Educational Research and Educational Statistics, while one of the professors was on sabbatical.
Other interesting things:
I’ve climbed Mt. Whitney three times, once with my brother-in-law, once with my wife, and once with the Piute staff.
I was an honorary commander at Edwards AFB for two years, assigned to the Electronic Warfare Group.
I rode my bicycle for 101 miles, from Palmdale to Tehachapi and back. I have a goal to ride from Death Valley to the Whitney Portal, which would be over 130 miles and an elevation gain of over 14,000 feet.
My mother’s cousin’s husband’s great-uncle is Ernest Hemmingway. True story.
I moved the Immovable Ladder at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in 1997.
I’m known to run outside when I hear the rumble of unusual aircraft!
And I’ve never been to Boston in the fall.