I am thankful to be a Technology and Engineering Education Teacher at Park Forest Middle School! The 2021-22 school year is my 26th year of teaching (4th year @ PFMS) in the classroom. I teach Engineering Design and Development Courses in the Technology Education Department for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes. I am also an integral part of the TSA (Technology Student Association) Chapter as an Advisor.
I was a Technology and Engineering Education/STEM Teacher in the Altoona Area School District at the Junior High level for 22 years. I taught at D.S. Keith JHS for twelve years and then AAJHS for ten years. I have also been an Instructor for the Summer Kids College at the PSU Altoona Campus for over ten years in various STEM-related courses.
I graduated from Windber HS in Windber, PA and then enrolled in the Industrial Arts/Technology Education program at California University of PA. During my first year of college, I enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to help defray my educational costs. I was a member of HHC 1-103rd Armor Division out of Johnstown, PA as a 31U in the Communications Specialist Department. After my basic training and advanced training, I returned to Cal U to complete my BS degree in Technology Education. While teaching in Altoona, I completed my M.Ed at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.
At the end of the 2016-17 school year, I received notification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and NSTOY-PA that I was a Top 12 Finalist for the 2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. My family and I attended the spectacular and rewarding ceremonies at the Hershey Lodge in December 2017. This recognition has definitely been the highlight of my educational journey thus far! Although I was not named the 2018 PA TOY, I am very honored to be a member of the PA-TOY Family and NSTOY Family.
My wife Tina and I have two wonderful children, Madison (Junior at Shippensburg University) and Rocco (10th grader).
Last Modified on April 7, 2022