I am a proud alumnus of St. Joseph High School and I am also proud to be a staff member here. After graduation in 1986, I went to Western Michigan University and earned my teaching degree in 1990. I went back in 2000 and entered graduate school and earned my Special Education degree.
Working here has been a lifelong dream and I have been living it for the last 13 years. I had been a member of the Social Studies department up until 2007 when I entered the Special Education department. I've been working in Special Education ever since, except for a year back in Social Studies in 2011-12. I truly enjoy the daily interaction with my students. We have a great bunch of kids here and it is my goal to help them fulfill their dreams. My philosophy is to make our students work as hard as they can to be prepared to either enter college or the work force. But, I also want to make the learning environment as comfortable as can be.
In addition, I had been a member of our football coaching staff since 2000. I had been the JV head coach from 2003-07. From there, I had a very bittersweet moment. I was named the new head varsity coach of Michigan Lutheran's brand new football program. Certainly, I was proud to get the job and it has been a goal to become a varsity head coach again since leaving Cassopolis as their head coach in 1999. I left Michigan Lutheran after the 2011 season because the administration had decided to change their program to an 8-man game, which didn't interest me. Currently, I am searching for a coaching job.
Leaving St. Joe as a coach was one of the most difficult decisions I had to make because I had absolutely loved coming back to my alma mater to coach. We have a wonderful staff here who will be lifelong friends and you couldn't ask for a nicer, more coachable, or hard-working group of kids to coach. Someday, I hope to return to coach here once again.