I have lived in South Bossier with my family for many years and I have been a supporter of the Panthers since they won their first game in 1971. This is my 42nd year to teach at Parkway High School. My wife Michelle and all five of my children, Katie (Class of 96), James (Class of 09), Tom (Class of 10), Josh (Class of 12), and Mary Kate (Class of 15) graduated from PHS.
I graduated from Fair Park High School in Shreveport. I received a BA in Social Studies Education from Louisiana Tech after also attending USL in Lafayette. I have taken graduate courses in history, anthropology, art, and journalism from most universities in North Louisiana. I was a part of the Mid-South Humanities Project at Middle Tennessee State University and have completed AP training for US Government and Politics.
Much of my spare time is spent as a volunteer working with young people. I coached baseball with Bossier Little League for eight years. I am a huge baseball fan--I love the St. Louis Cardinals and any team my kids play for (even the Yankees!). I was also an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America and love camping and outdoor cooking. I sponsor Parkway's Destination Imagination team and have taken teams to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN, for seven years. I have also taken teams of PHS students to LA Tech's Summer Cyber Discovery Institute for four years; LSU-S's Animation Visual Effects, Physics, & Rocketry Camp; Shell EcoCar Challenge in Houston; and Mini Ion Robotics National Competition in Washington, DC, for three years. For the past six years I have also taught middle school students in the summer Junior Cyber Discovery Camp sponsored by Cyber Innovation Center and Bossier Parish School Board.
About My Class
I believe that history is an accumulation of the lives and experiences of everyday people. The stories of individuals are woven together into the larger patterns of America's past. I grew up listening my great-grandfather tell about hearing the cannons of the Battle of Mansfield during the Civil War. My family, like most of yours, is a part of the fabric of history. From the depths of the Depression and World War II in my parents' generation, to the struggle for civil rights and the tragedy of Vietnam in mine, we have seen history firsthand.
It is my goal to make history come alive for my students. It is NOT long ago and far away, but a chain of interconnected events that leads into our future. In order to understand the events that will shape your lives, you must have the ability to think critically about current issues and work together to solve problems.