I am very excited for the opportunity to serve as the new principal of Brussels Elementary High School. I am deeply committed to excellence in academics and positive social/emotional development for all our students across the grade levels. My leadership is student-centered, aimed at making a lasting impact in every student's life, enabling each to effectively contribute, adapt, and thrive in a constantly evolving world. I enjoy learning from and working with students, staff, and parents and look forward to the great things I know we will accomplish together.
I have spent twenty years working in education in both public stateside schools and overseas Department of Defense schools. I have been fortunate to experience the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and I love them all. Most recently, I was the principal of Ansbach Elementary School, located in scenic Bavaria, serving the military-connected children and families in USAG Ansbach. At Ansbach Elementary School, I had the privilege to lead our wonderful school community through our very successful College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics implementation. Prior to working at Ansbach Elementary School, I was the assistant principal of sister school Ansbach Middle High School. Before joining Department of Defense Education Activity, I worked in Idaho as a principal in an alternative high school credit recovery program and a classroom educator.
The majority of my teaching experience has been at the middle school level. I taught high school chorus, music history, piano lab, music theory, and AP Music Theory. I was director of a performing arts academy, coached a musical theater program, and provided community music instruction.
I grew up in multiple states in the western United States and was educated in Idaho. I received a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Performing Arts K-12 from the University of Idaho. Five years later, I earned a Masters in Educational Leadership from Idaho State University. As a principal and educational leader, I encourage students to be independent learners and thinkers, creative problem solvers, and active participants in their educational process.
I am married to a DoDEA educator and we have one daughter. She graduated from Ansbach Middle High School and is currently finishing a degree in environmental economics at University of Wyoming. I enjoy traveling to remote destinations, playing music, gardening, hiking, and diving. My family and I look forward to exploring and experiencing all that Belgium has to offer.