I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Missouri. I attended Lexington Elementary School in St. Louis, Mo. and graduated from Christian Brothers College Military Institute of Clayton, Missouri in 1972. I received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1972. I became the first African American to be named the Color Company Commander in the history of the Naval Academy. I graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1976. After graduation, I served 20 years (active and reserve) in the U.S. Marines and I am a veteran of the first Gulf War. I earned the rank of a Major of Marines. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics in 1976 and decided at the age of 50 to start teaching at the secondary level. I have been doing so for the past 11 years. I am now the oldest in my family. I live with my wife in a 55+ community in Hemet, California.
I teach at a neighboring school district at Mountain View High School (Alternative High School). I earned my MAED at UOP X in 2006. I am part of the San Jacinto School District’s implementation team for the common core standards for mathematics. I successfully defended my dissertation in March 2015. I earned my Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction for mathematics in March 2015. My family is full of veterans from every service except for the coast guard. There has been someone on active duty since 1972. I have three sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
I live with my lovely wife Joyce. I love to fish and relax by spending time with my wife, family and of course playing NCAA football to keep up with the kids and grandchildren. My personal dream is to change how mathematics is being taught in today’s classrooms at the secondary level by embracing new and innovative ways that will engage students and make learning math as fun and as interesting as other core subjects.
I support the common core state standards for mathematics (CCSSM) and the principles and standards for mathematics established by the National Council of Teachers for Mathematics (NCTM).