I’m a proud graduate of Cleveland HS in Cleveland, OK in 1984. I'm proud of it because of 108 graduating in my class we have, or have had, approximately 25% that taught, or are currently teaching, school.
I received my Bachelor’s degree from SWOSU (Southwestern Oklahoma State University) when I completed all of my work in December 1988.
B.M.E. (Bachelor’s of Music Education) – SWOSU
Certified to teach Instrumental/Vocal/General Music from Pre-K through 12th grades in Oklahoma and Texas (where I hold a lifetime certificate.)
Many years ago I attended training on band instrument repair at Southern Music Company in San Antonio which I still use regularly. I’ve since expanded on this by learning more regularly to increase my ability and knowledge.
In June of 2020 I attended Diversity Training by the MCN and look forward to doing more with them in the months and years ahead.
I began teaching in the fall of 1989 at Fairfax Schools (They consolitdated with Ralston at the end of that year and are now Wooldand Schools.
I chose not to teach for a 12 year period and during that time I managed a Sonic Drive-In, built and designed custom cabinetry (was fairly decent at using AutoCAD back then) and even taught as an adjunct instructor through Carl Albert State College in Applied Wood Sciences.
I traipsed all over, including 6 total years in Texas (even a couple of years down by the border with Mexico) and returned to Oklahoma for this last time, and settled into the most rewarding band teaching job I’ve ever had right here in Dewar, beginning in 2013.
I’ve taught in Oklahoma and Texas (including 3 years south of San Antonio with 2 of those spent on or near the border of Mexico.)
I’ve also spent 2 years managing a well-known fast food establishment and spent 8 years in a custom cabinet factory where I managed to learn all facets of construction from prreparing the raw wood to the building process, finishing and even assembly prior to installation. I also learned the design aspect. One of my most proud accomplishments there was assisting in the design work for the coaches offices at the “then” brand new golf facility at Wake Forrest University in North Carolina.
Married more than once with the most recent time being in 2016 to Michelle (who joined the faculty at Dewar Elem. in the fall of 2019 teaching 3rd grade.) She brought 3 children that included a daughter, Dorathy, who is a Math teacher at Prosper ISD in TX, Matt lives and works in the Dallas area and Lizzie is in HS in Henryetta and enrolled in the concurrent program with OSU-IT.
My previous wife also had 3 children and by the oldest I have 2 granddaughters and the youngest has given me 2 grandsons. My oldest granddaughter made me a great-grandfather in July 2019.
Through the years I’ve raised and bred snakes, lizards, frogs and tortoises for pets and had a load of fun doing this. At this time, there are 3 dogs at home, 3 cats and 2 Bearded Dragons.
Most of my students are very aware of my motorcycle riding. I also like to play music as often as possible as I believe it keeps me sharp and aware of the types of experiences my students encounter when they are expected to perform in public regularly.
What many of my students don’t always know is that I do enjoy playing video games as my guilty pleasure.