How long have you been a school board member? Six years
Why did you decide to become a board member? The importance of being involved and helping civically was instilled in me by my father. I thought I could provide a good perspective since I am an architect and my wife is a teacher.
What do you do outside of being a board member? In addition to being a school board member, I am a partner in a 25-person architecture firm. I have been a baseball coach for the past 17 years. I also like to stay active by working out and climbing 14er (14,000-foot) mountains in Colorado. I have climbed six so far.
Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My parents were great role models. My father was very active as a community leader (Mayor, Hospital Board, School Board, etc.). My mother worked full time and always did so much at home. My father was good at math and my mom was good at the arts. That is probably why I chose a profession, architecture, that allowed me to do both.
Who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Nunally – A college social geography teacher at KU. He taught me to get out of my comfort zone. At the beginning of the semester he said, “Give me a photo and your name. At the end of the semester I am going to look at your picture and decide the value you brought to the class and that will determine your grade.” I scheduled a meeting with him midway through the semester and asked him how I was doing. He said “I would give you a ‘C’. I can tell you are paying attention, but you haven’t contributed much. You don’t have to say something every class, especially if it doesn’t add value, but you do need to add value.” I went on to get an ‘A’. I was always a good ‘book’ student, but he taught me more than that. I wouldn’t be where I am without the lessons I learned from him.
What experience do you bring to the table that will improve your local school district? As an architect, I have been involved in several school bond projects. I understand school facilities and the role they play in education. My wife is a teacher which has given me insight into education for over 20 years. My role as a business owner has also helped me provide insight into how education needs to guide our students to be college and career ready.
As a board member, what is the top goal you have this year? The top goal I have for this year is security for our schools. We have made several small steps over the past few years but I want to make sure we have done everything we can to provide a safe environment for our students and staff.
What is a saying or quote that you live by? “If you always do what you have already done, you will always get what you already have.” A second one is “What is the most important play? The next one.”