I couldn't be more excited to continue my service to St. John’s Lane Elementary School as your Principal for the 2022-2023 school year! It is a true honor and privilege to lead this extraordinary learning community. Our school’s proud history, traditions, and many strengths have shaped our outstanding reputation as we enter our 68th year of service to the students and families of this community.
I see my role as Principal as a critical one in preparing our students for a successful future. I understand the responsibility I have to our families in ensuring the academic success and social-emotional well-being of each and every one of our Jaguars and I whole-heartedly embrace this responsibility. My goal is to bring our school system’s Strategic Call to Action to life by ensuring student-centered practices, building inclusive relationships throughout our learning community, and implementing responsive and efficient operations to all aspects of our program. You can expect me to work collaboratively and transparently with all stakeholders to make this happen. Additionally, it is very important to me that your child knows me, knows that I am an advocate for them, and that I am another trusted adult that they can turn to for support, encouragement, or simply to connect with at any time throughout their school day here at SJLES.
I believe that every student, regardless of their circumstance, deserves an engaging, rigorous, inclusive, and accessible learning environment where they can excel socially, emotionally, and academically. This lens has been shaped by my professional experiences as a teacher and administrator here in Howard County over the past 20+ years. I spent 11 years in various teaching positions spanning grades K-5 at Stevens Forest Elementary, Bushy Park Elementary, and Longfellow Elementary. I have also served as Leadership Intern at Waterloo Elementary and Assistant Principal at Longfellow Elementary and Deep Run Elementary. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Bloomsburg University, an Advanced Certificate in Study in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations from Notre Dame of Maryland University and hold Administration & Supervision I and II Certifications. My lens is also profoundly shaped by the incredibly important job of being Dad of my two sons Luke and Drew. I promise to make decisions on behalf of your children just as I would my own.
When I am away from school, I am most likely spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy traveling, basketball, swimming, walking, coaching my sons’ sports teams, and reading during my free time.
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve our school and community as Principal. Please don't hesitate to contact me throughout the school year if I can be of service to your child or family in any way. It is going to be a great school year here at St. John’s Lane Elementary School!