I came to Marist in 1999 after my wife served for 15 years in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. We met in Washington D.C., married and went to Japan for 4 years, returned to San Diego, and wound up on Whidbey Island, WA. I knew, after having taught in both public and private schools, that the smaller, homier feel of a private school was right for me. The move to Eugene was a perfect one for our family: I got to teach and coach at a college prep school, our boys were able to go to a Japanese immersion school and continue playing Suzuki violin through the CMI program at the U of O, and my wife joined the Pediatric Department at PeaceHealth. In addition, I am an absolute track and field junkie and enjoy the many great events at Hayward Field.
My oldest son, Tyler, graduated from Marist in 2011, went on to the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with an Environmental Science degree in 2015, did a year of service in Portland for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW in Food Justice and is now on the pastoral staff at St. Ignatius in SE Portland as the EcoJustice Fellow. My youngest son, Joesph, graduated from Marist in 2015 and is a sophomore biology major at Gonzaga University In Spokane, WA.
I have also been USATF Level II certified as a coach in track and field and continue to learn through summer workshops, most recently in June, 2011 during the US Championships held here in Eugene. I have been blessed with some great coaching colleagues, as well as, coached some wonderful student-athletes in both cross country and track and field. I am currently taking a hiatus from coaching so that I can focus my efforts on the new science wing and technology in the classroom.
Because I believe that “exercise is the best medicine,” I continue to still compete as best I can as a Masters athlete—triathlons, road races and cross country events are the mainstays of my racing 'diet.’
College Now Certified:
- AP Biology - LCC: General Biology: Survey of Biology (BI 101F, 102D, BI 103E)
- Biology: University of Notre Dame , 1984 . I did graduate work and clinical research in biochemistry while in the USAF and began my teaching career in Potomac, Maryland.
While overseas with my Navy wife, I taught at a Department of Defense Dependents' School, and picked up my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership through Troy State University in 1991.
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