Welcome from our Wolf Lodge Leader
Wolf Lodge Leader
Hello, and welcome to the Wolf Lodge (Grades 6-8)! It is our mission at Chief Leschi Schools to provide your child with high standards-based learning in a culturally and academically rich environment to prepare them for future success. Middle school is an exciting time for discovery as students become more independent learners and begin the early stages of establishing their personal identities. Data and research-based practices are essential for planning student growth. Community partnerships are also vital to ensure that all students receive the supports they need to be successful in extending their academic, social, and vocational abilities. I am excited to work with your child on their journey whether they are progressing from Salmon Lodge, or on their way to Eagle Lodge.
I am the son of a nurse and a soldier, who grew up primarily in California and Washington, but also enjoyed summers in Alaska, Missouri, and Germany. During my youth I enjoyed camping, daydreaming, drawing, reading, and video games. Now at 41 years of age, I am happily married, and enjoy barbequing, hiking, travelling, and watching sports with my wife. I also enjoy running and writing whenever I can find a little extra time. It’s my goal to never stop learning and to always be taking on new challenges.
I come to the Wolf Lodge Leader position with nearly 20 years of experience as an educator in alternative, comprehensive, and international settings. My personal mission in education is to inspire self-value, integrity, and success in others. I earned my first diploma from Shelton High School, then my bachelor degree from Washington State University, and earned two master degrees from Seattle University. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher. I began my career as an educator teaching English in the cities of Hakodate and Sapporo, Japan. For the last decade I’ve been working in the Issaquah School District at the secondary level as a teacher of English Language Arts, English Language Learners, Japanese, and Social Studies. I also enjoyed the administrative challenges of leading as a dean of students, graduation specialist, and summer quarter principal. The work experiences that I am the proudest of come from serving students at Echo Glen School, one of three long-term juvenile institutions in the state of Washington, where I worked at first during the summer as a teacher and later as a full-time administrator. At Echo Glen I began the ELL/Title III program, a literacy program, a vocational barista program, and several online learning programs in order to increase student success and get more students to the goal of graduating from high school.
This is my first year at Chief Leschi Schools, and I am thrilled to be working with the other lodge leaders who share the same values about how to increase the power of learning at our school.
Wolf Lodge Leader