I earned my bachelor’s degree and my master’s in Education from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. My finance and economics emphasis in my undergraduate degree ultimately contributed to my desire to teach mathematics in secondary and post-secondary environments. I started my teaching career by teaching algebra in Springfield, Massachusetts. Over time, I felt God pulling me toward contributing at a Christian school, but I had no idea where He wanted me to serve. After much prayer, I applied to Community Christian School. I not only found a school, but I was also given the gifts of a family and a home. I joined CCS in 2013, and I plan to leave feet first when Jesus calls me home.
I grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey, until I left for college. Upon graduating, I returned home where I took a job in the banking industry. Around that time, a friend of mine was getting married, and she asked me to be a groomsman for her wedding. Little did I know that I was being set up! I went to the wedding where I met a bridesmaid, and, a year and a half later, Debbie and I were married. We have been married for thirty-two years. We currently reside in Springfield, Massachusetts. God has truly blessed us by allowing us to serve as foster parents for special-needs children (teenagers specifically). Helping them grow and navigate through various challenges has been a true blessing.
The following Bible verses best sum up my philosophical approach:
1 Peter 4:10: “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (KJV)
Isaiah 11:16: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
Who knows which student shall be the next Billy Graham, Charles Spurgeon, or even D.L. Moody? If I can be a servant of Jesus by preparing the students in my care for their future, give God the glory and praise His name.
Favorite Verse (regarding foster care):
Psalms 27:10: “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.”