•   I was born and raised in our fantastic state.  I attended elementary, middle and high school in Wasilla, graduating from Wasilla High in 1996.  I then spent four years attending Northern Arizona University, graduating with a BS in History Education.  I married my beautiful wife Andrea in 2000 and we both began our teaching careers in the fall of 2001. 
      Andrea is opening Denaina Elementary as its first principal this fall.  When not working, Andrea spends as much time as possible outside enjoying our state.   
      We have two daughters; Katie Jaymes turned 9 in May and is a smart, precocious young lady who will be in fourth grade this year. Julianna Grace turned 6 this July and is energetic and inquisitive.  She is beginning first grade this year.
      I had a fantastic summer; hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, reading and spending time with my girls  We hiked Bird Ridge, Matanuska Peak, Lazy Mountain (over 40 times so far!), spent time at our cabin, filled the freezer with Copper river salmon and Prince William Sound Halibut, worked in our garden and greenhouse and spent quality time with our extended family.  We all need a support network, and my wife and girls provide consistent support in all that I do.
      I have great passion for education, and believe that every child can learn.  With a committed group of teachers and parents our students will be successful.


Last Modified on January 30, 2018