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BA, University of Texas at Arlington

MS, University of North Texas

A bit about me...

Back when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, if someone had told me I was going to be a college professor someday, I would have told them they were quite simply completely and utterly insane. In fact, I am pretty sure some (as in every single one) of my high school teachers would have needed medical attention from laughing until they passed out at the thought of me doing much of anything having to do with education (getting or giving)! Well, it took me a while to figure it all out, but here I am...

I joined the Navy after high school and flew all over the Pacific and Indian Ocean keeping track of Soviet submarines. The Navy was a great life but the long sea tours were tough so I got out after 8 years and took a job with a company that created training programs for corporate jet pilots and other high-tech aviation customers such as the military and NASA. From there I took positions as director of training and support for a couple of different nation-wide companies eventually ending up as vice president of consulting services for a nation-wide technology training consulting company. I was getting really burned out because of the 60-70 hour weeks with LOTS of nights and weekends spent dealing with this or that crisis…and the stress wasn't doing my blood pressure any good. I decided I needed a change so I abandoned Dallas, moved to a log cabin over by Cedar Creek Lake and started my own consulting company. Within a few months I found myself once again working in Dallas…and putting in 60-70 hours per week again even though I was my own boss! I decided I needed to do something VERY different so I took a job as a computer science teacher at Athens High School. I really loved working with the kids and quite a few of my former students show up on my class rolls or come by for a visit. After a few years at AHS, the good folks here at TVCC asked me if I would like to teach a few night classes. After a couple of semesters I came on board full time.

I am married to the world's best wife and have a teenage son named Cody.  We also include our yellow lab, Chinese pug, and chow mix in our family!  We enjoy the quiet life in the country.  Our idea of a great weekend is heading out on back roads to now where in particular.  My wife loves curling up with a good book and Cody and I love hunting and fishing.

Soooo…here I am!  I can't believe it took me so long to figure out being in the classroom (on campus or in cyberspace) is what I love!