My wife, Linda (Eman), and I will be celebrating our 22nd anniversary in August of 2014. We have lived, and raised our three children, in our Ann Arbor home since 1992. My Children, fourth generation Ann Arborites, are Christopher, 17, senior at Pioneer High School, Benjamin, 15, Sophomore at Pioneer High School and Cassidy, 11, 6th grader at Tappan Middle School.
I am 48 and was born into a military family. I grew up in Annandale Virginia and Atlanta Georgia, with a couple of moves in-between. I attended Annandale High School in Annandale Virginia and earned my bachelors degree in Finance from Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti and my Master Degree in Education and secondary certification from the University of Michigan. My wife earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from MSU and then her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Currently, I m a father, teacher and soccer referee.
BA - Finance - Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI - 1994
Master of Education and Secondary Certification (MAC) - Ann Arbor, MI - 2013
My wife and I decided one of our children's parents needed to be at home as they were growing up. We decided her position as a school social worker with Jackson Public Schools, now with the Jackson Intermediate School District was a better choice for our family. so I stayed at home with our children. During this time, I was a substitute teacher, in AAPS and started working my way up the soccer refereeing chain. Currently, I am a grade 5/National Candidate for USSF, and a college D1, D2, D3 and NAIA referee, and travel around the country refereeing.
While substituting, many current teachers pointed me towards teaching which led to my earning of my Master degree in Education and Secondary Certification. I entered the MAC program, a one year masters program that included 42 graduate hours and over a thousand teaching hours. The program was both difficult and demanding, but also rewarding. I spent a year teaching economics and political science at John Glenn High School and graduated in 2013. During my time at Michigan, I was immersed in educational theory and practical experience. However, of great concern to me was our educational system and how it is, and will continue to, meet the needs of not only our children, but their children. There is work to do!
I have been a delegate for the past few years. I also ran against my opponent last election cycle while I was completing my master degree.