I was born and raised in Marianna, Florida. I graduated from Marianna High School in 1976. In 1979, I earned my Associate Degree in Education at Chipola Jr. College located in Marianna. I later transferred to Florida A & M University (FAMU) and earned a bachelor’s degree in Military Science/Health/Physical Education. I also received my commission as an Army Officer in the United States Army from FAMU. I entered the military immediately after college into Military Intelligence Officer Training in 1983.
I served as a Military Intelligence Officer and spent at least 2 years as an Instructor/Executive Officer at the United States Army Intelligence Center and School in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. I also served at 4th Infantry Division as a S-2 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to include other echelons above corps positions such as at NSA, Pentagon, Army Intelligence Agency, US Army Intelligence and Security Command as an Inspector General. I spent a total of 30 years in the United States Army both Active and Reserve. I retired in 2011 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
In 1987, I began my teacher career in Marianna, Florida at Golson Elementary and Marianna High School as a Physical Education/Health Teacher. I also coached high school football and basketball while teaching at Marianna High School. coach.
In 1988, I accepted a job at Taylor County High School. I taught physical education and coached basketball, football and track & field. Later, in 1998, I accepted a School Administration position, as the Dean of Students at Taylor County High School. In 2003, I earned my master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Florida A & M University. Superintendent Paul Dyal appointed and tasked me to spearhead an alternative school in Taylor County School District in 2008-09. This experience provided me with the expertise and knowledge to effectively help struggling students academically to achieve a high school diploma.
In 2009, as the Dean/Coordinator at Taylor Technical Institute (TTI), the “Academic Career and Education” (ACE) Program was implemented where I proudly served until 2015. I ran this successful alternative high school for “at risk” students who were in danger of dropping out of school. Several students graduated and successfully received their high school diploma and/or a certification license. During my tenure at TTI, I was nominated as “Teacher of the Year” in SY 2013-14. I was proud to except this nominee from TTI instructor and staff.
In the fall of 2015, I was transferred back to Taylor County High as the Dean of Students. I continued serving proudly as part of the Administration Staff until December 2019. In 2019, Superintendent Danny Glover appointed me to serve as the Deans of Students at Taylor Accelerated School (TAS). I have been tasked to help the TAS’s teachers and staff and improve the learning environment for the struggling student population in grades 6th thru 12th.
Presently, I am actively proposing/ or implementing structure academic and vocational programs that will help students earn a high school diploma and/or certification license. I am proud to represent educators who do not mind facing the challenges in helping students achieve academic success. While here at TAS, my primary job is to help our teachers engage and encourage students academically, which will lead them to succeed as good citizens in their community.
I am married to my devoted and loving wife, Janice. We have two children, a son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, sports, landscaping, and completing special projects around the house.