Dear Oakdale School Families and Patrons,
Born and raised in Indiana, I moved to OKC to begin my teaching career soon after graduating from college. A few years later I married my beautiful wife, Joy, and we began our family. Joy is a Registered Nurse and has dedicated most of her career in emergency care. She has experience as a special education teacher assistant and is currently a part-time school nurse and reading interventionist. We have two children, Harrison and Clara. Harrison is an OSU graduate and is a teacher and coach at Crossings Christian Middle School. Clara attends Edmond Memorial High School and enjoys ballet and playing the cello.
We have lived in southeast Edmond for nearly 30 years. During this time, our paths have crossed with numerous Oakdale families through our own children’s school events and athletics, through our church activities, and professional associations... and many have become dear life-long friends! In our free time, we enjoy traveling, attending OSU football and Thunder basketball games, spending time with friends, and serving in a variety of ministries at Henderson Hills Baptist Church.
In 2001, I earned my doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University. I hold a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in education from Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois.
In total, I have 37 years of experience in the field of education. For the last seven years, I have been the founding Head of School & Superintendent at John Rex Charter School located in the heart of downtown OKC. Previously, I served as the Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment for Putnam City Schools for seven years. For nearly 20 years before moving into district-level administration, I held various leadership roles in Edmond Public Schools including: founding Principal at West Field Elementary School and Principal at Orvis Risner Elementary School.
The Oakdale school board’s vision for academic success and continual improvement challenges me and fuels my passion for excellence in education! I look forward to working alongside you, the board of education, our awesome faculty & staff, and community patrons to honor past successes while soaring to new heights in the future!