Teaching Career

Teaching Career

 

I began teaching in Iowa in the fall of 1981 in the town of Mallard. My teaching assignment was Band in grades five through twelve and Chorus in grades seven through twelve.

 

Because I wanted to specialize in Instrumental Music, I left Mallard after just one year and began teaching at Central Webster (now Southeast Webster) in Burnside. While at Central Webster the membership in the band increased and the band received one of it's first Division I ratings at the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Festival.

 

In 1987 I decided to take some time off from teaching and worked for Prudential Insurance.

 

I returned to teaching in 1988 at Mormon Trail Community Schools in Humeston and Garden Grove with a 5-12 Band teaching assignment. I accepted a similar position at United Community near Boone a year later.

 

It became clear that because of declining enrollment United had a limited future so I moved again to Fort Dodge and took the band position at Saint Edmond High School in 1990. In my nine years at Saint Edmond I assisted in producing the school musical, increased membership in the band, increased respect for the band program within the school and community, and helped the band receive the first Division I ratings in school history. I also served as the system's technology trainer for three years. I helped plan and hosted the first Sioux City Diocesan Band Festival. In addition I proposed and hosted the first annual Karl L. King Middle School Honor Band Festival.

 

In 1999 I moved to Sumner to be closer to my parents. Sumner had a long tradition of excellence in the band program and I continued that success. In eight years as the high school director the band earned six Division I Concert Band ratings, five Division I Marching Band ratings, and one Division I Jazz Band rating.

 

Because of staff cuts in 2004, my position changed to half-time High School Band and half-time District Technology Coordinator. In 2007 I felt I was no longer serving in either capacity as well as I wanted and was offered the opportunity to become a full-time Technology Coordinator. I fulfilled the responsibilities of that position for five years. Further staff cuts brought me back to the band room in 2012. I continue to serve as part-time Technology Coordinator for the Sumner-Fredericksburg district.

 

I have been nominated four times to Who's Who Among America's Teachers and am listed as a music educator and composer in Marquis' Who's Who in America.