I spent the first part of my childhood living in central Minnesota. When I was 12, I moved to Colorado, where most of my family still lives today. After high school, I attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. While there I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and also met and married my wife, Rachel. After graduation in 2001, we accepted Calls to Zion and have remained here since. We have two daughters and a son. I enjoy watching my children play sports and spending time with my family. In my free time, I like to get outdoors, sneak in a video game or two, and play hockey.
I taught fourth grade at Zion for 9 years. During those years, I handled the responsibilities of Zion's network administration and technology planning. In 2010, I moved into a role of Technology Director and Computer teacher for grades K-8. In the fall of 2020, I began serving as Vice Principal, maintaining many of the same roles as previous years with some minor revisions. In the past I've also served as a Volleyball and Basketball coach, as well as co-hosted and planned the annual Variety Show.
I am involved in the ministry Zion Lutheran Church; attending worship and filming and editing the online services for the church during the pandemic.
Teaching at Zion is a blessing and a privilege. I am humbled to be a part of the lives and education of so many students. It is important to me that students enjoy their school day. Learning is a priority, but so many of our students carry more than just backpacks on their shoulders. I want the students to know their teachers love and support them at Zion and most importantly that they have a God who loves them unconditionally. While I'm sure many of my students will remember the goofier things I do, I hope I'm able to inspire them, encourage them, and bring a smile or laugh on a day when they really need it.
"Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn't happen." -Steven Wright