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I graduated from Mohawk Junior-Senior High School in Bessemer Pennsylvania. I then attended Youngstown State University where I received a BS in education for grades 1-8. I continued my professional learning by receiving my Masters in Education Administration from Westminster College. Upon completing my Masters I proceeded to obtain a Principal's License from Westminster College as well. After receiving a Principal's License I returned to Youngstown State University where I received my Superintendent's License.
I began my career by teaching third grade for two years at Eagle Heights Academy in Youngstown Ohio. In my third year I transitioned to become a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Junior High Athletic Director for the next five years. After completing seven years in Youngstown I had the opportunity to become a middle school principal in the East Palestine School District for the next five years. After five years in East Palestine I transition to Lowellville where I was the K-12 building principal for three years.
My family resides in Enon Valley Pennsylvania with my wife Julie - works at Mohawk High School / Daughter Josephine - attends Mohawk High School and Stepson RJ - graduated from New Castle School of Trades.