It is with great enthusiasm I join the Lowville Academy and Central School district and community. I look forward to building positive relationships with students, staff, and community members. Over the past twelve years, I worked in Virginia as a teacher, coach, and administrator. Most recently, I was the Assistant Principal of Trailside Middle School located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. This experience was an incredible learning opportunity and broadened my knowledge and skills of school leadership and education. Some of my previous administrative experiences include; Dean of students, summer in the arts coordinator, summer school Principal, summer school Dean of Students, and curriculum writing.
My educational background starts in New York. I grew up in the Buffalo area, earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education, and a master’s degree in health education from SUNY Cortland. While attending Cortland, I was a collegiate athlete in football and wrestling earning academic All-American and All-State honors. After relocating to Virginia, I continued my education at George Mason University earning a master’s degree in educational leadership.
My philosophy towards education is similar to my philosophy of being a good father. I strive to be visible, accessible, collaborative, hard-working, and honest. I enjoy working with students of all ages and teaching the importance of academic achievement, good character, and maintaining a positive attitude. For a child to be academically healthy, they must also be emotionally healthy. As the Assistant Principal, it is my goal to make decisions that are best for kids and instill a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset means to view failure as a positive. It’s important to learn from mistakes and work hard to improve. Viewing failure as a positive encourages us to take risks, step outside our comfort zone, and make the necessary adjustments to be successful. We can accomplish anything if we work hard, take risks, and never give up. I believe that we all have a starting point, but there is no limit to our success.
I currently reside in Lowville with my wife Andrea and two children, Mia and Max. Mia is eight years old and entering the third grade. Max is four years old and entering pre-kindergarten. My wife, Andrea, was a fourth and fifth grade teacher for twelve years and will be filling in as a long-term substitute for Lowville Academy. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.