- Master's Degree - Mathematics Education, Columbus State University (formerly Columbus College), 1995
- Bachelor of Science - Communications (Broadcasting), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1977
- High School - Bearden Senior High School, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1973
I began teaching at Smiths Station High School in the fall of 1998. Prior to that, I taught a year at Tallassee High School, and had done a couple of years' of substitute teaching in the Auburn / Opelika school systems. I taught 5 1/2 years at Kendrick High in Columbus.
After graduating from Bearden High School in 1973, I earned my BS degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee, graduating in August of 1977. As a military scholarship graduate, I fulfilled a five-year commitment to the United States Army as an infantry officer. After IOBC (Infantry Officer Basic Course), Ranger School, and Airborne School, I was ordered to Germany, where I led a mechanized infantry platoon and heavy mortar platoon as a member of 3rd Battalion, 36th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division, stationed near Frankfurt. Returning home, following IOAC, I finished my five-year duty as an instructor for the Infantry School, where I was awarded an Army Commendation Medal.
After a short stint as a real estate property manager, I spent the next several years as a trainer with Loral Electro-Optical Systems, based first at FT Benning, GA, then at FT Riley, KS. I taught small unit leaders and their troops how to use the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) in their training exercises. When the Army did not renew the contract, I headed back south (where I belong) and began my new mission from God: Teach!
This year, I will be sponsoring the Young Republicans!