I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984 with a BS in Engineering and a Minor in International Relations. After serving in the Army as an Intelligence Officer for five years, I left active duty and spent five years in the Reserve forces. During this time, I returned to school at the State University of New York and was certified as a secondary mathematics and social studies teacher.
After returning to northwestern Pennsylvania, I taught math for one year at General McLane High School, followed by five years as a math teacher at Northwestern High School. In 2000, I was hired in the Erie School District to teach math at Collegiate Academy and then taught math at Roosevelt Middle School for three years. In 2007, I became the Middle School Mathematics Coach and worked with math teachers in fourteen different buildings. I also served as an Instructional Coach at Strong Vincent High School, and returned to the classroom to teach math in 2016. I have been at Erie High School since it opened.
I earned my Master's Degree from Gannon University in 2004. I am also certified in K-12 Educational Leadership and as a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction.