About Me & This CTE Program
Welcome to Kamiakin High School's Computer Science, Technology, and Engineering CTE department. Below you will find some information about me and this program. Congratulations for signing up, participating, and learning about one of the most exciting, lucrative, and growing career fields.
I grew up in the small town of Touchet, WA. (Between the Tri Cities and Walla Walla). My first introduction into computers was with the TRS 80 PC that we had at school. A couple of years later my parents purchased our 1st home computer......the Commodore Vic 20. Later we upgraded to the Commodore 64 PC. I was amazed at the power I had to create programs and graphics, coding with basic and machine language. You will have the chance to experience your own superpowers as you learn to code in our computer science classes here at Kamiakin.
After graduating from THS, I enrolled at CBC, walked on to their basketball team, and into their 2 year computer science degree program. They taught languages such as Pascal, Fortran, and RPG II. After being totally immersed in coding 8 days a week and 25 hours a day, I decided I wanted something different. It was then that I changed my major to education and becoming a science teacher. I graduated from Eastern Washington University (Go Eagles!) with a BA Ed. Earth Science/General Science degree, and a minor in Sociology.
My first science teaching job was at Quincy Junior High in Central Washington. Of course it became clear very quickly that I knew something about computers. This was the beginning of K-12 school saturation of personal computers. Of course schools had Apple IIe's, but they sat around as giant paper weights. Apple Macs and IBM PC's were the latest greatest technology for school purchases. I became the go-to tech support person, which eventually led to a change where I became a computer science teacher at Quincy High School. We had courses in PC Troubleshooting, Visual Basic, Web Design, and Cisco Networking. That first year, my students began the school year by building their own computer lab from scratch (Lot's of Fun!). After a few years, my family moved to the Tri-Cities. I began teaching exploratory computers at Horse Heaven Hills Middle School for 10 years, and then moved over to Kamiakin High School.
I grew up on a farm. I moved sprinkler pipe, drove machinery (Tractor, Combine, Wheat Truck), threw around hay bales feeding cows, stepped on a rattlesnake, pulled weeds, etc etc etc. It was hard work. I almost feel like I am retired from the hard labor, now that I am in a classroom sitting in a chair. Growing up I also found a love for sports, mainly basketball, although I did play quarterback on my high school 8 man football team. Going to a small high school allowed for many opportunities that I would not have had if I attended a large high school the size of Kamiakin. For example, I was the senior class president, I showed steers and pigs in 4-H and FFA, I was the May Day king, a homecoming prince, teacher assistant, quarterback (who should have been a wide receiver), basketball team captain. I didn't really fit into a click or category growing up. I was a jack of all trades, or well rounded. Hobbies I enjoy today are fly fishing, lifting weights, anything basketball, watching movies in our home theater, and mowing the lawn.
Married with 2 boys. My wife also is a teacher. Both our boys have gone through Kamiakin High School. Our oldest, Trey was in marching band at KaHS, and is currently pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering at Washington State University. Our youngest, Tye played basketball, is just graduating and considering a degree of Finance in Pullman. We own one dog (chocolate lab) and one cat.