My road in life has taken me all over.
My dream was to teach High School English and Coach baseball.
I was asked to move into Administration that required a return to school for a Masters.
I was recruited as a Consultant for the CA State Dept. of Education exposing me to a variety of jobs.
Took job has a high school administrator and moved up the ladder. Selected principal of new School.
Building delays ended in my taking a Health Care Administration Position, traveling the US to train.
Spent many years running Mental Health Facilities and working with schools / parents of high risk kids.
Wrote a book on Parenting, traveled the country, worked in Professional Baseball and Football.
Worked my way back to Education - have come full circle back to my original passion.
Keep following my journey


Executive Director

Identify and honor outstanding California High School Teachers.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Each day begins early checking emails and calendars. The greatest days are spent interviewing college students / graduates about former high school teachers and how they might have had both a personal and academic impact on the lives of their former students. These days are followed by interviewing teachers about best practices and then sharing these effective tools with other teachers with the intention of improving classroom instruction. Once identified, we select and honor the best teachers.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Obtaining an executive level position requires a variety of work experiences with an increasing level of responsibility. It also requires having excellent interpersonal and communication skills accompanied with an understanding of finance, budgeting, marketing and strategic planning. Experience is gained through internships, volunteer work, paid experience and by a willingness to accept challenges others might avoid. Taking calculated risks is helpful and not fearing failure is critical.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Don't take the risk! You have a career with guaranteed pay and retirement, why would you take a chance of losing all that and go into business. Why do you want to take a chance starting an outpatient treatment program? It has not been done before."

Challenges I Overcame

Business Problems
First-Generation College Student