Through the four pillars, EHS manifests Christ’s Commandment to “love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (Mark 12:30). I love that students come to EHS to educate their whole persons—nurtured in the Arts to create, Religion to love and serve others, Academics to think, and Athletics to compete with integrity.
I particularly love working with students who have experienced little past success in mathematics. In a certain sense, anyone can teach the brightest students, but the weakest students need the help of teachers who will gently, patiently, and relentlessly serve as the students’ wilderness guide. I get to help them scout out pathways through what would otherwise be impenetrable forests of obstacles to learning. Celebrating even the smallest successes with these students is profoundly gratifying to me and leads those students to become more mathematically literate, more self-confident and persistent, and better equipped to be productive, well-informed, and self-aware citizens.
After a rewarding career of over twenty-five years in the United States Coast Guard that included command of two ships and a shore unit, supervision of a leadership school, and assignment as an instructor in the Mathematics Department at the United States Coast Guard Academy, teaching at EHS for the past twenty years has been a blessed opportunity for me to give back. I am thankful to my colleagues, particularly the wonderful Mathematics and Computational Sciences Department team of which I am a proud member, the School’s benefactors, parents, and especially the students for making this a joy-filled highlight of my life. I have loved every minute of it! Go Knights!