Describe the path to your current vocation.
I have attended Lutheran schools my entire life. I attended Trinity Lutheran in Racine, WI. I then went to high school at Racine Lutheran, and went to college at Concordia River Forest. In 2010, I received my Master’s Degree from Concordia as well. Ever since I can remember, I always wanted to teach in Lutheran Schools. My dad was certainly the biggest influence in my life. He served in Lutheran Schools both as a teacher and principal. He also coached various sports which made me into a gym rat at a very early age. I even had my dad as my 8th grade teacher which was a lot of fun. Everyone loved having him as their teacher and his sense of humor and way of relating to all the kids. At the same time, he ran a tight ship in his classroom and fostered and attitude of mutual respect between him and his students. I always wanted to be that same type of teacher.
When did you become a Lutheran?
I was born and raised into a Lutheran family. My father, sister, aunt and two uncles are all Lutheran teachers and principals.
What do you love most about your job?
There are a lot of things I enjoy about serving at Bethany. The best part is certainly the kids and the enthusiasm they have every day when they walk into the classroom. I love the fact that I can share my faith and witness to the students in every aspect of school. We also have awesome parents and great support from the church.
What was your longest or most favorite road trip?
That’s a tough one! I would say the summer before college I went camping up in Northern Wisconsin with my brother and two best friends. We camped for a few days in Minocqua and hit the Wisconsin Dells on the way home amongst other fun-filled activities.
What are your hobbies?
Sports, sports, and sports. I enjoy playing and watching sports, especially basketball, baseball, and football. A favorite saying at my house is, “Dad, you’re watching another game?” Sportscenter is a must on a daily basis. I also enjoy bike riding, swimming, walking, and spending time with my wife and three children.