Dear Nighthawk Families,
I’m not sure that I’ve ever been more excited for the start of a school year! While our teachers, students, and families did a truly admirable job of keeping the learning going through a global pandemic, we know that kids learn best in a classroom, and we’re thrilled for the adventure ahead!
This summer I ran into a former student, KeSean, who’s now in his third year at Cal State Long Beach where he’s studying aerospace engineering with a focus on astronautics. He’s doing great, and he said he was inspired to set his goal to work at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena after the 6th grade field trip that we took him on. We know that the fruit of our labors now will pay off in many ways down the road, so we want to expose our kids to as many AWESOME experiences as we can pack into their three years with us.
The road ahead will be hard. Challenges will lie in front of us, but we’ll face them with optimism, determination, and we’ll do it together. We’ll be here to support the whole way. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, and know that we believe in each and every one of our kids.
So thanks for joining us on this journey!
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 ran three solo marathons in 2021. Although I'm not a runner, I was curious how far I could go. I had a lot of fun testing my limits.
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 138 miles, from Seaport Village in San Diego to the Santa Monica Pier, in a day. I have a goal to ride from Death Valley to the Whitney Portal, which would be 135 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. It now gets air quotes.
I’m known to run outside when I hear the rumble of unusual aircraft, to listen to the Sound of Freedom.
And I’ve never been to Boston in the fall.