15 minutes with … a new assistant superintendent | PostIndependent.com

15 minutes with … a new assistant superintendent

Age: I’m old … I’m 47Place of birth: Originally from Gering, NebraskaOccupation: Director of Research Data Accountability and Testing for Santa Fe Public SchoolsEducation: Ph. D Education, University of Idaho, Boise 2004Ed.S. Educational Administration, University of Idaho, Boise 1999M.A. Educational Administration, University of Idaho, Boise 1996B.S. Education, Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska 1990A.A. Business Management, Nebraska Western College, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 1980Where are you now? Santa Fe, New Mexico When will you start with the Roaring Fork School District Re-1? July 1When did you get into education and why? When I graduated in 1990. Before that I had a business major and worked for Safeway food stores in management and I just got tired of it. I wanted to do something that was more fulfilling than just making money for a large corporation. I went back to school and got a teaching degree. I did my student teaching in Twin Falls, Idaho for a semester as a long term substitute teacher, and they hired me as a classroom teacher the following school year.What’s your favorite thing about education? The students. Interacting with them. Seeing them interact with teachers. How did you hear about the job? I was surfing the Internet and I saw it posted on a Web site. A colleague of mine actually knew of the Roaring Fork School District and she highly recommended checking into it. She called it ‘really a progressive district on the move.’What does an assistant superintendent do exactly? It’s going to be work with curriculum, instruction, assessment and data. One of the things we’re going to be looking at is how well our students are performing, looking for areas to improve and centering instruction and practices on those areas – taking students to the next level of their learning.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? A home gym.First job? In high school I was a courtesy clerk. I bagged groceries. Before that I did all kinds of odds and ends like shoveling snow.Best vacation ever? To Alaska. We flew into Alaska and took the ferry down the inside passage.What’s the worst trouble you ever got in as a kid in school? I got in a fight one day in sixth grade. It was over a boyfriend/girlfriend type of thing. My class lost recesses for two weeks because of it.What do you do in your spare time? My wife and I ride horses. We love to trail ride and endurance ride. I really like to lift weights and work out, get out and walk, hike trails.Greatest accomplishment: I guess my greatest accomplishment is being married for 25 years to the same person … maybe that’s her greatest accomplishment for putting up with me all this time.Ever had a book, movie, news event change your life? I think there’s been books that I’ve read that have changed my life. Especially in the profession of education. I would have to say Making Standards Work by Doug Reeves.Best piece of advice you’ve ever received; or a cliché to live by? I think it came from my parents just telling me to treat other people with respect, to treat them the way I want to be treated and to always stay grounded.As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? It changed constantly. At one point I thought I wanted to be a teacher. At one point I just wanted to be a successful businessman. Any tattoos? No.If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? Reverend Billy Graham, George Bush and Tom Osborne (Coach of the Huskers). I’d probably serve my favorite dinner, which is grilled salmon, sweet corn off the cob and a salad. I’d want to hear all of their takes on world events because all of them are politicians to some degree. We would also talk about husker football and how God has influenced their lives.What’s the greatest invention of all time? Electricity.What’s the greatest historic figure of all time? Abraham Lincoln.FavoritesMovie: Seabiscuit – the underdog wins.Breakfast cereal: Oatmeal.Singer: I think my favorite singer of all time is Lionel Richie.Athlete: Lance Armstrong, because I can’t imagine how that guy can go through that many races and win with that much pain. That’s a grueling sport.Food: Grilled Salmon.Sport to watch: College Football.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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