There’s no place like home! After a short sabbatical at the high school, I am excited to be back at Lakeview Middle School. I’ve now had the privilege of teaching at Cortland Elementary, Lakeview Middle School and Lakeview High School during my 13 years in the district. Working at multiple levels has given me the opportunity to appreciate the very different roles our faculty members play in the lives of kids from K-12. I’m blessed to teach a grade level and topic that I love. Early American history is more of a hobby than a job for me. Thankfully, my wife has accepted that museums, battlefields and historic homes are part of our vacations. I try very hard to make the battles, events and stories personal. It is important for kids to understand that historical figures had personal strengths and flaws (like all of us) and need to be considered within the context of the time and place they lived.
When I’m not at work, I’m home with my wife, Stephany, our son, Prescott (named after Colonel William Prescott, hero of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Bunker Hill), and our two dachshunds, I’m currently coaching softball but I’ve also worked in the girls basketball and cross country programs at Lakeview. My hobbies include traveling, history, golf, following various sports teams, watching my beloved DVR and collecting toys from my childhood (anyone born in the 80s knows we had it the best with He Man, Transformers, Star Wars, Voltron, Nintendo and I could go on for days).
I have been teaching in the Lakeview School District since 2006. Prior to teaching here, I taught Biology at Brookfield High School for 11 years. I spent my first 5 years teaching Biology here at Lakeview, but for the last 8, I have been teaching 8th grade Science.
I graduated from Hiram College in 1990 with a degree in Biology and I received my Master’s Degree in secondary education from YSU in 2003. I live in Howland with my wife, Tina, who teaches 6th grade science in Howland. Science plays an important role in all our lives and in my family’s life too. We have two daughters, Taylor, 22, who will be in her first year of pharmacy school at NEOMED this fall, and Jenna, 18, who will be a senior at Howland High School and plans to pursue a career in medicine.
It is my hope that I can help my students to become lifelong learners and to appreciate the value of education.
I was born and raised in Alliance, Ohio and graduated from Marlington High School. I remained in Alliance throughout my college years, attending Mount Union College (now University of Mount Union), where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Adolescent Education. I moved to the area after getting hired at Lakeview in 2011, and currently reside in Poland with my husband, Lee. In the 2017-2018 school year, I began working on my Master’s Degree in Special Education, and I am currently working towards completing the degree.
I began my career teaching 11th grade Language Arts, but found my passion teaching 8th grade Language Arts. I enjoy experiencing the large academic and personal gains that students make throughout their 8th grade year. Over the past five years, I have worked closely with the high school Language Arts teachers to create an engaging yet rigorous curriculum that prepares students for high school.
I am extremely excited to work in our brand new building, as it will provide new and exciting learning opportunities for our students. Please contact me at any time with questions. I look forward to working with you.
After growing up in the Lakeview committee I was fortunate enough to come back. I began my career in 2015 teaching high school mathematics classes beginning with Geometry and Pre-Algebra then taking over Algebra 1 for 8th graders and sections of the CCP Statistics course.
I received my bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Miami University in Oxford Ohio and continued my education receiving a masters, also in mathematics education, from Youngstown State University two years later in 2017. Personally I enjoy politics, running, and Star Trek. Currently I am a coach for the high school boys soccer team and an advisor for ski club.
I have been teaching Gateway since August of 1990- yes I am teaching the second generation for at least two families. I graduated from Warren G. Harding High School, and got an Elementary Education Degree from Grove City College. I have a Master's Degree in Reading from Westminster College and became certified to teach Gifted through Ashland University. Although the curriculum and the kids have changed over the years, it continues to be my desire to challenge and enrich the lives of these identified gifted or high achieving students.
I have been married to Joe since 1975. We have been blessed with two adult children who have married and given us six grandchildren. We love piano recitals, Sunday afternoon soccer marathons, tee ball, youth theater, and taking them to Disney World. We have taught Sunday School to two and three-year-olds for more than 25 years (so we are on the second generation there too.) We love the small group that meets at our house each month and the women's book club that meets weekly during the summer.
I think of Gateway as a deep pool. Some students have been thrown in and will swim immediately, some will struggle, some will refuse to kick their feet and need to be pulled up from the bottom. In any case, I have no intention of letting anyone drown.
I’ve been teaching at Lakeview for 25 years as an Intervention Specialist, but I’ve been a Bulldog for all my life. I graduated from Lakeview in 1982 and couldn’t wait to get back. I taught one year for the County at Neal Middle School in the Mathews district, before I returned to Lakeview. I also teach Physical Education Basic courses at Kent State University. I haven’t always been a teacher though. My first degree is in Community Parks and Recreation, where I work for Chester County Parks and Recreation Department (Pa.) and then I worked for Northside Hospital in their Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit as an activities specialist. I returned to college to obtain my degree in Education and have been teaching and loving it ever since.
After graduation from Lakeview, I joined the Ohio Army National Guard. I proudly served my country for 23 years. I spent most of my service time as a Military Policeman, Infantryman and an Automotive Repair Section Chief. I served overseas for a year in Kosovo and gained some valuable, rewarding memories serving with fellow soldiers and working with the local people and their schools. Working with the United Nations and the other countries opened my eyes to some very interesting cultural differences.
I married my high school sweetheart and we’ve just celebrated 31 years together. We have two wonderful children, Courtney, who is a math teacher at TCTC and Ian, an Intensive Care Unit Nurse at Akron City Hospital. I spend most of my free time doing just about any outdoor activity I can dream of. I spend a lot of time cycling around the beautiful countryside throughout Trumbull and Mahoning counties. I average around 3000 miles per year, so that absorbs a lot of time. I also enjoy backpacking, camping, hiking and any other activity that gets me moving and outside. I have to say that my most enjoyable time is spent with my three wonderful grandkids, Benjamin, Paige and Kiersten. Grandkids are truly a blessing.
I have been teaching in the Lakeview School District since 2006. Prior to teaching here I was a high school history teacher at Newton Falls for 5 years. My wife is a high school English teacher at Champion and we have four of our own girls. My interests include the topics of geography, government, sociology and world history. In my spare time i enjoy reading a lot of books, running, and going places with my daughters. I look forward to having your children this year in class and hope to spark an interest in them, in order to think critically, question, or learn something new.