How long have you worked at NA?
I have worked at NA for 29 years.
What was your role in the district?
I have been an English teacher, Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Head Varsity Coach for Boys’ Tennis, JV Softball Coach, In-line Hockey Coach, English Department Chairman for NASD, English Department Liaison for NASH, Variations sponsor and Safari (yearbook) sponsor.
What will you miss most about NASH?
I will miss the sense of community. NASH is such an active, vibrant campus, and it seems like a city unto itself.
What will you miss least about NASH?
The windowless rooms!
What has changed the most since you started your career in education?
Technology has changed the most. Who would have guessed that we would be teaching students “remotely” at the end of this school year? When I started teaching at NA, few people had personal computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, and so on. Now we can’t live without them.
What is your proudest accomplishment at NA?
There is no single personal accomplishment, but I can say that I am incredibly proud of all my students. For example, I’ve had a student who became the lead writer for the TV series Bones. Another started a software company in Silicon Valley after graduating from Stanford and “retired” by the age of 38. Another is the CFO of a Fortune 500 insurance company based in Chicago. One more is a local and respected orthopedic surgeon. Nine of my students have even become teachers in the District! Regardless of what they choose to do, I’m proud that my students have gone on to lead happy, productive lives.
How are you planning to spend your retirement?
I will most likely continue to coach at NASH since I still plan to live in the “Wexford bubble.” Two of my children live in the DC area and I plan to camp out there often! When the pandemic subsides, my wife and I will visit family in Australia. It’s a trip we had to postpone but hope to reschedule at some point.
If you could offer parting words to the students and staff at NASH, what would you say?
For my students, what comes to mind is author Herman Melville, who supported himself as a customs inspector when his writing career foundered. He kept writing. I would tell my students to not give up on what you do best, and to always do it with a passion. Melville said, “Be true to the dreams of my youth.”
For the staff, NASH was an outstanding school when I arrived and its become even much more accomplished because of their efforts. I was proud to be a small part of it. Please keep that momentum going forward. Also, thank you for the help and support you gave me, every step of the way.