What is your position at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?
I am an assistant professor of practice for the Department of Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication. I work primarily in agriculture education with a focus on skilled and technical sciences pre-service teacher preparation.
What drew you to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?
As a retired STS teacher I have a real passion for teachers in the field and the programs they provide students at our high schools across the state. I am very concerned that the loss of STS teacher preparation programs may prohibit students from getting a true college and career exposure as a high school student and not provide students with relevant career exposure.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
My favorite part of working in the educational setting is classroom instruction and interaction with undergraduate students that want to teach as their career. I truly believe that my experience at the high school level provides me a platform to make educational theory a reality for students that have never really been in charge in a classroom of high school students.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement has to be raising 3 wonderful children and enjoying and investing in 7 grandchildren. To be able to speak into the lives of two different generations is a great joy and accomplishment.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
Most people don’t know that when I played football for the University of Nebraska ¬–Lincoln football program that I spent most of my playing time in the hospital. But the actual playing time was relegated to 1 offensive play where the snap was fumbled. So my stats are 1 carry for minus 1 yard and a fumble. Close to a Heisman!
What is your life like outside of work?
Outside of work I enjoy family, we are involved in a City Light Church and I enjoy working out to stay reasonably fit so I can keep up with the 7 grandchildren.