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Bachelor of Social Work degree from Metropolitan State University | Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Minnesota
Director of Special Education from Hamline University | Licensed Mental Health professional
My passion in life is to guide and join others on their path of discovery through solutions and creativity. I began my career in education and mental health over 20 years ago with the intention of changing the lives of others through empowerment and identifying strengths. Prior to educational leadership, I have worked as a child and family psychotherapist in private practice, a crisis therapist, and a clinical school social worker. When I am not working with students and their families I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, outdoor sports,and creating art.
Special Education Teacher
BS in English Teaching from Metropolitan State University
Growing up, I was the kid who just didn’t understand why I had to do what was being asked of me. For the most part I went along without causing too much trouble, but I didn’t have a clear direction or plan. After a couple of years at the U, having only gone because it is “what you’re supposed to do,” I left to see what this “real world” thing was all about. I was blessed enough to meet an amazing woman, and we started our family. So, after a 10-year hiatus, with a full-time job, a wife, two children and our third of four on the way, I went back to school and became a teacher. Now I share my journey with my students hoping they can learn from the mistakes and see that it is possible to overcome the challenges once they have a mission and a plan
B.S. in Psychology, Family Social Science and Educational Psychology | Minor in Religion University of Minnesota
M.A. in Education University of Minnesota
My beginning is similar to many of the students I have worked with over the years. I am an licensed instructor in emotional/behavioral disorders, with nearly 30 years of experience in public schools and in care treatment programs. I am married to an amazing woman, and we’ve raised three wonderful children. I have had success working with difficult students. I love my family, music, sports, the BWCA, my dog and theater/drama. On a fun note, I was a blogger for Star Tribune for eight years (2008-16), covering the Minnesota Vikings. Skol!