I grew up in the small town of Grant Park Illinois where I played sports and was involved in various clubs. As a junior I joined the Army National Guard for a 6 year commitment. I attended Olivet Nazarene University on a football scholarship, halfway through my first semester I was deployed to Germany for over a year as a Military Police Officer.
Shortly after returning from that mission I was deployed to New Orleans to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. After over 2 years of deployments I was able to return to and complete my degree in PE, Health and Drivers Education.
My first teaching position was in Depue School District, while there I attended night school at Concordia University in Chicago for a degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Administration. 4 years later I was hired as the Dean of Students and Athletic Director for Depue School District, I then moved on to the position of High School Principal in Prophetstown for 3 years.
I am currently the Director at the Whiteside Career Center. Through this position I have been involved with many economic development groups and educational panels throughout the state.
I am excited for my term on the Sterling City Council, I look forward to working with the public and the rest of the council to make the best impact on Sterling as possible.