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teacher.
In August I began my seventeenth full year at Oakdale
High School
, once again teaching  A.P. U. S. History,
A. P. Psychology and A. P. U. S. Government and Politics.
I truly enjoy being a part of the Oakdale community and
the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, and I look
forward to challenging my students to reach their fullest
potential, while trying to make my courses relevant,
interesting and fun.  Below are some elements of my
education and professional
background.                                                                                                                                                 
Education
I earned a master's degree in government from
Georgetown University in 1975, complementing my
Bachelor of Arts degree in government from the
University of San Francisco in 1973.  In November 2000,
I earned a California State Single Subject Teaching
Credential in Social Studies, doing my academic course
work at the Modesto campus of
Chapman University.
Additionally, in September 2003 I earned my CLAD
credential, also through Chapman University.  As a
retired Army officer, I am a graduate of the United States
Army's Command and General Staff College (1989) and
was an
American Political Science Association Foreign
Affairs Congressional Fellow, studying at the Johns
Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced
International Studies, in 1994.
                 
Teaching Experience
I began teaching at Oakdale High School on February
20, 2001.  Prior to that, I had taught Junior ROTC at
Stockton's Edison High School, from August 1999 until
February 16, 2001.  I have also taught at
California State
University at Fresno (1982-1985), Claremont McKenna
College (1992-1994), and Springfield College in Illinois
(1996-1998).  From January to May 2005 I  taught a
graduate level Introduction to Teaching course at the
Modesto campus of
Chapman University.  Since August
2005 I have taught an evening American Constitutional
Government course at the Oakdale satellite campus of
Columbia College.  In 2011, 2012, and 2014-2016 I served
as a  reader for the National A. P. U. S. History test
essays portion, under the auspices of the
College
Board
.   I am also honored to have been selected as the
2009 Stanislas County High School Teacher of the Year
and as a recipient of the
School Bell Award in both 2012
and 2014
.  In January 2018 I was deeply honored by
being named the Oakdale Citizen of the Year.
       
   Pertinent Other Work Experience
I am a veteran of 23 years commissioned service in the
United States Arm
y, retiring in 1996 as a lieutenant
colonel
..  Included in my career highlights is a total of 5
years experience teaching ROTC (see above). While
serving in those assignments, I also taught history and
physical education.  I also served for 5 years in the
Pentagon, one of which was as a congressional fellow,
working as a legislative aide for former
Senator John
Warner of Virginia.  From September 1991 to July 1992, I
was honored to serve as an Arm
y White House Liaison
Officer.  I have also served in the 3d Armored Division
and the 82nd Airborne Division.  Immediately after
retiring from the Army, I served as the Dean of Student
Affairs (and part time instructor of political science and
physical education) a
t Springfield College in Illinois.
                   
Other Campus Functions
I
n addition to my teaching responsibilities I am also the
public address announcer
for many Mustang sporting
events. I also serve as the emcee for many public
events in Oakdale.
Additionally I serve as an Oakdale
High School site representativ
e (one of 7) for the
Oakdale Teachers' Association
. I was also formerly the
founding coach of both the
Model United Nations and
Mock Trial Teams.
  As you can see, I am a very busy
person, but I enjoy every minute of my time at Oakdale
High School.
Places my family and I have
lived include: Springfield,
Illinois; Washington, D. C.
(Alexandria, VA); Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas;
Moreno Valley, CA;
Heidelberg, Germany;
Friedberg, Germany;
Fresno, CA; Fayetteville, NC;
and Columbus, GA.  I am a
native of Ukiah, CA.

My goal is to utilize my
education and experiences
to provide my students with
the best education
possible. I am committed to
making Oakdale High School
the best school it can be,
particularly since my
daughter, Niki (Class of
2003), and my son, Peter
(Class of 2007), are both
OHS alumni.  Keeping with
our family educational
theme, my wife, Becky, is a
secretary at Oakdale Junior
High School.
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