I was born in Houston, Texas, on October 10, 1978, and grew up in Kingwood. I went to Woodland Hills and Bear Branch Elementary Schools, Creekwood Middle School and Kingwood High School where I played football and wrote for the school yearbook and the school newspaper. I graduated in 1997 and went off to college convinced I would never move back to Kingwood.
I attended Sam Houston State University from 1997-1998 and then transferred to Texas A&M University and graduated in December 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Journalism. I then obtained my Master of Education from Texas A&M in December 2003.
I began my teaching and coaching career at Riverwood in 2002 as a part of my master’s program. I was very fortunate that our principal at the time, Mr. Joseph, was willing to take a gamble on an unproven teacher. I have been at Riverwood ever since. While at RMS, I have done many things. I have coached football, basketball and track. I have taught Co-Teach, On Level and Honors Texas History and Co-Teach, Honors and Pre-AP United States History. I was also the Newspaper Journalism teacher and Newspaper Advisor for 3 years. In the pursuit of being a lifelong learner, I have completed working on my principal certification and have served as a substitute assistant principal at RMS, and now serve as the 8th Grade Social Studies Lead Teacher. I was humbled and honored to be named the RMS teacher of the year at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. That was something I never expected would happen. As of the 2015-2016 school year I let go of my coaching responsibilities to focus on the classroom and my goals of becoming a school administrator as well as to have more time to spend with my family.
Of all the things that I have done, however, I am most proud of my family. I am married to a wonderful woman, Drewann, who I met during my time at A&M. We have two sons, Ryland, who will turn 11 in September and Jackson, who just turned 9. Our boys love sports and history about as much or more than I do, and we spend lots of time at the ball fields and watching our Aggies and Houston sports teams as much as we can. In our spare time we do as much as we can together, especially taking road trips to my wife's family ranch in Mason County, visiting historical places and family in Texas, (especially trips to Aggieland!) or just hanging out and enjoying life in Kingwood.
I am looking forward to another great year at Riverwood Middle School. New school years bring new beginnings and a chance to start over and set out to attain new goals.